It's always been time to pull the aux on singer R. Kelly, and now powerful women of color within the #TimesUp movement released a statement announcing their effort to join forces with the online campaign #MuteRKelly.
It also called upon RCA Records, Spotify, Apple Music, Ticketmaster and the Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina, where Kelly is scheduled to perform in May, to "join us and insist on safety and dignity for women of all kinds". Smollett-Bell expanded on these efforts in a statement to The Associated Press.
The Women of Color message joins the #MuteRKelly campaign, asking people to sign a petition "telling Sony and Live Nation to #MuteRKelly for habitually preying on teenage girls for the past 25 years".
Billboard has reached out to R. Kelly's reps for comment. The latter two are responsible for the singer's upcoming show in Greensboro, N.C. on May 11.
In 2008, a jury in IL found Kelly not guilty on charges of possessing child pornography, stemming from a sex tape with an allegedly underage girl. He reportedly had an annulled marriage with singer Aaliyah, who was allegedly 15 at the time of the marriage, and a trial involving a video allegedly showing him having sex with an underage woman, for which he was eventually acquitted.
"I was putting my hand over my face and telling him I was sorry", Jones says.
"First of all, I want to apologize to my fans in Chicago", he began. I'm not here for the discussions about "separating the man from his music".
Parents claimed their daughter was being held by Kelly as part of a sex cult but their daughter, who was of age, denied their claims.
On April 9, a 19-year-old woman reportedly filed a criminal complaint against the singer, claiming that he knowingly and intentionally gave her a sexually transmitted disease.
Kelly hasn't released an album of new music since a 2016 Christmas album, and his last true album was 2015's "The Buffet", which had no major hits.
"I've never heard of of a show being canceled because of rumors", he said.