Remember when a 27-year-old R. Kelly married a 15-year-old Aaliyah back in ’95? How about his 2002 sex tape scandal involving a minor? What about Village Voice’s mind blowing expose? You know, the one that revealed a number of “stomach-churning” court allegations the singer tried to keep on the down low?
An R. Kelly concert scheduled to open the inaugural Fashion Meets Music Festival next month at Nationwide Arena [in Columbus, Ohio] has been canceled because of backlash over the R&B singer’s past.
“We wanted to make sure we heard the Columbus listeners … to make a statement and support the city we live in,” said festival spokeswoman Melissa Dickson, who added that a public-relations firm is helping the event repair its image.
The decision to pull Kelly’s Nationwide show on Aug. 29 came late last week after Saintseneca, a Columbus band also set to play the festival, announced plans to cancel because of Kelly’s appearance. WCBE (90.5 FM) withdrew its sponsorship shortly after.
Those departures were preceded by a local duo, Damn the Witch Siren, which on July 3 abandoned their festival appearance because of Kelly’s history, which includes a 2008 acquittal on 14 counts of child pornography and a Chicago Sun-Times investigation linking the Grammy winner to underage girls.
According to those “celebrity net worth” websites that seem to just pull numbers out their asses, Robert’s worth $150 million. So he won’t be going broke anytime soon. Unless he’s still allegedly piping young girls, getting them pregnant, paying for their abortions, their silence and keepers of his disgusting “secret.”