Following the work of the Times Up movement and the #MuteRKelly campaign, Ticketmaster posted a note effectively cancelling R. Kelly’s performance at the University of Illinois.
In March, R&B performer Kelly was accused of grooming a 14 year-old girl to be his sex “pet” in a BBC documentary. Then, in April, Dallas police confirmed they were investigating claims that Kelly gave a woman a STD and plied her with drugs and alcohol when she was 19.
R. Kelly has responded to this cancellation on Twitter in a video. He began: “First of all, I want to apologise to all of my fans in Chicago, and basically all around the world wherever I’m performing at and they cancelled me”.
“I don’t know why they canceled the show. I never heard of a show being cancelled because of rumours, but I guess there’s a first time for everything. So I apologise 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.”
Watch the video from R. Kelly below.
As Billboard report, over 1,300 University of Illinois students signed a petition for the concert on May 5. The petition reasoned that the “overwhelming public evidence of [Kelly’s] history of sexual misconduct” was grounds for cancelling the singer.
This is arguably the result of the open letter signed by the “Women of Colour within Time’s Up” which called on RCA Records, Spotify, Apple Music, Ticketmaster and Greensboro Coliseum Complex to all sever ties with the star.
Read the full letter here.
It was recently reported that two members of Kelly’s inner-circle have resigned.