R. Kelly’s label has put his music on hold and his upcoming concert in Illinois was blocked amid the fallout from a documentary series revealing the extent of sex crime allegations against him.
TMZ reports that the music label RCA/Sony will not produce, finance, or release any more of the singer’s music until two sex crimes investigations in Georgia are completed.
The outlet reported that Kelly was “pissed” because he had been recording new music to fulfill his obligations under his contract with the label.
The Chicago Tribune also reported that Illinois state officials canceled his upcoming April concert at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, citing security concerns.
Illinois Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Denise Albert said the concert had been under review and had not been approved but Kelly’s team promoted it anyway.
“They had just submitted an application, and unfortunately we can’t control when an organizer begins promoting an event,” said Albert.
Fallout from documentary continues:
The news comes after Lifetime aired a docuseries called “Surviving R. Kelly” focusing on his 2008 acquittal on 14 child pornography charges, his marriage to then-15-year-old Aaliyah, and allegations that he recruited young women into a “sex cult.”
Multiple women, including his ex-wife Andrea, said in the documentary that Kelly sexually, emotionally, and physically abused them.
Kelly denies all allegations:
Kelly’s attorney Steve Greenberg denied the allegations made in the documentary, calling them “disgusting.”
“Some producer went running around and solicited all these people, did a Jerry Springer-esque show and there is all this uproar,” Greenberg told The Associated Press. “The series is trash TV. There’s no reason to watch the series.”
“The allegations aren’t true because he never knowingly had sex with an underage woman,” he said. “He never forced anyone to do anything, he never held anyone captive, he never abused anyone.”
The filmmakers behind the documentary are not backing down.
“We are enormously proud of the series,” the producers of the show said in a statement. “The powerful stories from the women in the documentary speak for themselves. Their honesty and candor has resonated with millions of viewers.”