R Kelly spokesperson denies singer was replaced by lookalike for Louisiana event
Fans in US complained that the a personal appearance on Saturday (October 26) did not feature the real singer
Fans in Louisiana were demanding refunds after claiming an impersonator appeared in place of the R Kelly at the Monroe Civic Centre on Saturday night (October 26). There was initial confusion as to whether R Kelly was ever due to play live on the night, with fans saying a live performance was advertised and promoters denying the claims.
However, a spokesperson for R Kelly has now confirmed that it was the singer, famed for hits including 'Ignition (Remix)' and 'I Believe I Can Fly', who appeared on stage in Louisiana. Pitchfork reports that, "A representative for R Kelly reached out to us, saying the person at the event was indeed R. Kelly. They also note that the event was billed as featuring an 'appearance' from R Kelly, not as a full concert."
Local news source KNOE reported that they received a text message from party promoter Cedric Johnson in which he said he was "duped" and that fans will receive their money back. However, Johnson subsequently rescinded the offer, claiming he did not send the original message.