R. Kelly is feeling the heat of the Time's Up movement. The controversial singer has been removed from a much-anticipated show this weekend in his hometown of Chicago, RadarOnline.com can report.
The campaign devoted to helping victims of sexual harassment issued a statement Monday urging further investigation into Kelly's behavior.
The Women of Color committee within Time’s Up called for several companies to cut ties with the rap star, including his label, RCA Records, Ticketmaster, Spotify and Apple Music.
“We demand appropriate investigations and inquiries into the allegations of R. Kelly’s abuse made by women of color and their families for over two decades now,” the statement reads. “And we declare with great vigilance and a united voice to anyone who wants to silence us: Their time is up.”
He has denied any wrongdoing, and was cleared of child pornography charges in 2008. But Ticketmaster announced he would no longer be a part of this weekend’s Love Jam concert at the University of Illinois at Chicago, after students and community members petitioned to cancel the performance.
On April 29, Kelly tweeted a video apologizing for missing the show, and hinted that he’ll fight back.
“I’ve never heard of a show being cancelled because of rumors, but I guess there’s a first time for everything,” he said in the video. “So I apologize to you guys and in the meantime I’m going to try to get to the bottom line of it, you know, as far as my lawyers are concerned, and see exactly what happened and why I was cancelled.”
Kelly tweeted that he loves his fans and is looking forward to his next show on May 11 in Greensboro, North Carolina, but the Times Up movement has vowed to get him booted from that appearance as well.
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