R. Kelly Faces Backlash After Announcing Australian Tour

Lifetime Unveils Two Emotional Trailers for 'Surviving R. Kelly', Calls to the Sex Abuse Hotline Increase After R. Kelly Documentary
R. Kelly performs on stage at the FOX Theater on December 27, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia - USA

R. Kelly is facing backlash after announcing a new tour in Australia New Zealand and Sri Lanka, weeks after renewed abuse allegations surfaced against him in the beginning of the year.

The singer posted and then deleted the announcement on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram on Tuesday, according to BBC.

The singer was the subject of a documentary that aired on Lifetime last month. Surviving R. Kelly featured interviews with women who claimed that the singer abused them, ran a sex cult and kept them captive.

The documentary also revisited R. Kelly’s marriage in the 1990’s to a then-teenage Aaliyah, as well as his child pornography trial.

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R. Kelly denies all the allegations against him and isn’t being charged with a crime, but there has been a professional fall out following the documentary’s airing. He was dropped from Sony Music, his songs with artists were pulled from streaming services and he was symbolically banned from a major American city.

Australia could deny the “Ignition” singer a visa, per reports. “Labor strongly supports the refusal or cancellation of visas of non-citizens on character or criminal grounds,” Australia’s Labor party said in a statement to BBC.


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