September 15, 2011 23:11

Boris Johnson vows to investigate Kelis' 'racial abuse' claims

Mayor Of London assures singer: 'I'm on the case'

Boris Johnson vows to investigate Kelis' 'racial abuse' claims

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London mayor Boris Johnson has assured Kelis that he will investigate her claims that she received racist abuse at an airport in the capital.

Earlier this week (September 12), the singer alleged she was called a "slave" and "disgusting Nigerian" at passport control at an unnamed airport in the city. In a series of rants at Twitter.com/iamkelis, she said she was abused by a "fat red-faced sweaty 'man'" who accused her of queue jumping.

After hearing of her plight, Johnson told the 'Milkshake' singer that he is "on the case". In a message to Kelis on Twitter, the Conservative politician said:

Heard about the treatment you received at a UK airport. Want you to know this is not typical. I’m appalled & I’m on the case.



Johnson himself has been accused of racism in the past after writing a satirical column for the Daily Telegraph in 2002 about then-prime minister Tony Blair's visit to the Congo.

"No doubt the AK47s will fall silent, and the pangas will stop their hacking of human flesh, and the tribal warriors will all break out in watermelon smiles to see the big white chief touch down in his big white British taxpayer-funded bird," the then-editor of The Spectator wrote in the controversial column.

Kelis was in the UK to perform at Bestival last weekend (8-11), which also saw performances from the likes of The Cure, Pendulum, PJ Harvey, Primal Scream and Bjork.

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