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R. Kelly Removes Himself From Music Festival Due To Protests Against Him


(AllHipHop News) How can you outrun your past when it’s attached to your present identity. R. Kelly is still figuring this out as he was recently kicked off Columbus, Ohio’s Fashion Meets Music Festival after people protested the singer’s inclusion.

Multiple artists from the Ohio area have voiced their displeasure for R. Kelly’s inclusion with Columbus folk group Saintseneca opposing due to “his very serious allegations of sexual violence and assault” according to their website. The most impactful of the protests came from radio station WBCE whom withdrew their sponsorship from the festival. The festival organizers spoke with Columbus Alive about how criticism forced R. Kelly to leave the lineup:

There was a lot of back and forth on the criticism we did receive, but then also looking at [Kelly] as an artist,” a rep for the fest told Columbus Alive. “Then truly the last few weeks…the festival has taken a lot of heat, and we really just wanted to listen to Columbus and really take a stance and move forward.

R. Kelly released a statement which read “R. Kelly is sorry to disappoint his fans, but looks forward to seeing them in the near future during one of his upcoming tours.”

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  • Jonathan Bacher

    He was removed. But this, of course, is better PR

    • ohnana

      In what alternate universe is this “better PR”? This festival will flop and R. Kelly still got his check.

      • Celz

        Lmao I wouldn’t take that sad man’s life for all the money in the world.

      • Hell naw me either…he is the true definition of all money ain’t good money….If people researched his history they wouldn’t be defending his Chester azz.

      • Jay

        Is R. Kelly your boyfriend? Why are you stalking everyones comments over a period of a couple of hours defending him? You are officially the real life Stan… Loser ass nigga.

      • Jonathan Bacher

        Removing yourself sounds better than getting removed. That universe.

  • Brindle

    bout time someone stood for something..

    • Dhz30

      yes indeed

  • regalpimp

    But he makes good music!!! who cares if he fukked little girls!!!

    • Jonathan Bacher

      niggaz do everything to score coolpoints these days

  • The Legendary Troll

    they will not let this man live. Everybody makes mistakes. That crap is over. let him move forward with his life

    • Godless Heathen

      for real why cant they just let pedophiles live? I mean as long as they make music some people like right?

    • Immortal

      Marrying Aaliyah at 15 “could’ve” been a mistake…shame on me, He f*cked that 16yr old and pissed on her…..that’s a trend he’s in control of…..shame on you. He might make good music, but if he was anyone else, he’d probably be dead for messing with kids.

      • Celz

        Fucc R. Kelly… Niccas will excuse anything as long as it helps them dance wit bitkhes in the club..

        Yea he in the KKK but he ain’t racist like that my nicca, he just be trippin sometimes..

      • I been saying Fk em a looking time ago deleted all his sht from memory and electronic devices. That chick wasn’t the only one, he was exposed a long time ago in a magazine article dude is a sick puppy.

    • Jahmal Johnson

      Why should we?

    • soyhiphop

      Nah man you know how many folk are serving time for that? And dude out here like nada? Someone should stand up agaisnt him

    • U out ur fuckn mind bruh go read the r Kelly expose and come back and say it, there were over a dozen underaged girls that he ruined..look it up

  • crm123456

    the broad never complained she knew what she was doin lol..

    • Celz

      Yea I could convince one of your senile relatives to hand over their life savings too.. Just because they agree with it does that make it legal and moral? Hell naw, you would go to jail and/ or get beat on by the adult male family member in both situations.

      Talking about a 15 yo knew what she was doing. That’s the problem if a 15 likes getting peed on she is 99% a victim of sexual abuse, not too many middle school kids are running around peein on each other that’s adult shyt..

      • ohnana

        “Yea I could convince one of your senile relatives to hand over their life savings too..”

        What an idiotic analogy.

      • Celz

        You can’t follow the simple logic? Convincing someone to do something when they are not legally able to make decisions for themselves is illegal you stupid pedophile cheer leader. Vibe magazine showed a screen shot of the tape and a screen shot of their interview in the same room of the same house. He’s a pedophile who had a good lawyer. You know it we all know it. You’re disgusting sticking up for this piece of filth, you probably engage in similar behavior. I’m done no no more responses, fuccing sick.

      • That chick on the tape wasn’t the only one…..she was the highest profile one…Dudes been accused more than a dozen times by underage women. His sick azz ruined a lot of young girls.

    • Jahmal Johnson

      ……and the award for the biggest piece of shit, co-signing a PHUCKING PEDOPHILE goes to…..wait for for it…….CRM123456

      You’re a phucking idiot. I am pretty sure your mother is embarrassed by you.

  • Markus

    It’s kind of late in the game to punish dude. He was still touring and making records during the time of the scandal. Now that he’s cold people are turning their backs?

    • DJ7

      This weirdo will be punished for life…whether it be by the ppl or his own concious or subconscious thoughts. The real question is, why do cats keep coming to his defense as if what he did / doing is cool?

      • Markus

        It should have happened a long time ago. By no means am I defending a pedophile and the crimes he committed. Gotta scratch your head on how he’s managed to stay free from jail all this time.

      • DJ7

        In a court of law, I agree b.u.t. we ALL know there are different consequences for ppl with status & or complexion for protection.

        Weirdo’s punishment possibly consisted of that publicly humiliating interview, writing a check for “most” (b/c there are more allegations) of it to “go away”, take a hiatus from the limelight, coupled with other sh*t weirdos like him get for “slipping up” in the entertainment industry.

        Afterall, this type of behavior is acceptable/tolerated in many elite circles, so it may boil down to what group he’s affiliated with and their connections.

      • ohnana

        Well, this “weirdo” never left the limelight. This goes far beyond R. Kelly. People are just far too obsessed with celebrities. While you’re sitting here typing up comments about R. Kelly. There are actual predators in your local church, school, neighborhood, etc. But nah, let’s discuss a celebrity, lmao.

      • DJ7

        We’re discussing the “topic” clown. If you took heed to your own advice, you wouldn’t be here @ 4 am est failing miserably trying to defend the indefensible using strawman arguments….you are pathetic…beat it clown!

      • Celz

        Man he fell off ever since he left the tour with Jay Z and ditched his fans to flip burgers..

      • ohnana

        No, he didn’t. He has earned 12 platinum albums throughout his career.

      • ohnana

        “This weirdo will be punished for life”

        Oh. But who’s the one working a 9 to 5? …

      • DJ7

        What?…stop trolling clown!!!

      • ChiVa02

        I always laugh at the “you just working a 9 to 5”. So, the insult is that I have a job? Lol…

      • Celz

        Ignorant muthafuccas

      • That’s what I’m saying if they knew how many times he was formally charged they wouldn’t be fkn wit em. That girl on the tape wasn’t the only one. He was charged more than a dozen times that people don’t know about. They need to look up his history, someone recently wrote an expose on dude and it was disgusting how his deeds were often swept under the rug. That bitch nigga ruined a lot of young girls man.

  • rocnation30

    HE WITHOUT SIN SHALL CAST THE FIRST STONE SO Y’ALL LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND DOUBLE CHECK Y’ALL APPEARANCE….. SMFH

    • PorchBoySlim

      STFU with that bullshit.. That clown is a child molester…Is he a musical genius? Possibly, but he is still a child molester, and you are just as bad using that BS to defend him.

      • ghettogov

        Word ppl tolerate way too much these days

      • rocnation30

        ITS A TRUE STATEMENT

      • rocnation30

        THE MAN WAS NEVER CHARGED WITH ANY CRIME…

      • rocnation30

        WHERE I COME FROM CHILD MOLESTERS GO TO JAIL AND GET KILLED IN JAIL R KELLY WAS NEVER CHARGED WITH A CRIME

      • DJ7

        10 to 1 their defense council was a PD

      • DJ7

        Guilty mudda fuggas WALK the streets everyday if their bread right….sowhachusayin?

      • Jahmal Johnson

        You saw the video and you know damn well that was him. Forget what happened in court, I’m talking about YOU! You saw the video man. Get out of here with that tired ass line “he was not charged with a crime”.

        So legally he’s not a pedophile, but in reality you and I both know he’s a child molester. And legal bees like yourself like to try and shield pedophiles with that crap.

        I’m calling BULLSHIT!

      • ohnana

        “You saw the video”

        I’m gonna stop you right there. Are you admitting to watching a tape with an alleged underage woman? I think that says a lot about you.

        Pedophilia is an attraction to prepubescent children (12 and under). Learn the difference between a pedophile and child molester, you damn idiot. Last time I checked R. Kelly was never accused of either.

      • rocnation30

        whats reality???? reality is the court of the law , the only thing we have to protect us……..So not guilty means not guilty……..you calling him a pedophile is the definition of slander and people not respecting the fact that u are innocent until proven guilty

      • MrsOno

        There are a lot of guilty people walking the streets. There are also innocent people who are in jail. You must not be too familiar with the court of law. Its not about the truth, its about who can put on the best stage show. R Kelly is a pedophile. Point, blank, period. Hate to break it to you. You riding harder for his innocence than he did. 😒

      • He was charged more than once bruh go research him and his ways for real and I bet u wouldn’t defend him ever again. You might just throw up.

      • rocnation30

        I know that he was but never convicted…never convicted…..i can’t call a innocent man a pedophile

      • He was charged plenty, just never convicted

      • Jahmal Johnson

        Thank you PorchBoySlim! What the PHUCK is wrong with the rest of the folks on this board!

      • ohnana

        I’m sure you type this while having his music on your iPod, faggot.

      • I deleted dude from my memory and musical devices years ago….dude a str8 up Chester.

      • ohnana

        He still got your money though and your mind.

    • Immortal

      Let him play with your child and bring that same BS back.

      • rocnation30

        THAT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN TO ANY OF MY CHILDREN BIG RED ONE … BECAUSE I DISCIPLINE AND RAISE MY OWN CHILDREN TV DONT RAISE MINES…MATERIALISM DONT RAISE MINES…

      • Immortal

        Never questioned how you raise your kids. Hope you do raise them like you say. With that he wasn’t charged with a crime, but was clearly on video with an underage woman. Can’t explain that away, and the civil courts agreed. Kells paid up. MJ was “sleeping” in the same bed with children. But it went to court and then he ended up paying $40mil to that child. If there wasn’t substance to either of those claims (even if it were just for monetary gain), why was there massive payouts on both?

      • ohnana

        Where’s proof of massive payouts? Are there documents that indicate this? Proof of checks? Please, let me know. As far as I know, this is all speculation.

      • Immortal

        Google it. If it’s not what you want to hear or see then you or anyone else can discredit it.

      • ohnana

        I’m speaking about R. Kelly, it’s not well known apparently. Just rumors and speculation. R. Kelly stood trial and there was a 7 year investigation. No one denied it was him in the video. They had to prove if the woman in the video was underage or not and they couldn’t.

      • That Lil girl wasn’t the only one go look it up. He ruined a lot of young females….facts

      • ohnana

        Not facts. Speculation and allegations =/= facts.

      • Twonpass

        Are you really defending a known pedophile?

        Either you a troll, or your truly a lost sista who is way out of touch. So your saying would let a known pedophile come and sing at your underage daughters birthday party ?
        If so , then you really are a sick individual.

      • ohnana

        A known pedophile? I must’ve missed something cause I’ve never heard R. Kelly be accused of pedophilia.

      • Nah go research dude, the girl on the tape wasn’t the only girl….There was an expose exposing him and his dealings with over 20 more young girls whose lives he ruined. Dude is a disgusting Chester for real. Look it up.

      • BIG MIKE SOMETHING SERIOUS

        MJ is no longer with us, (tho i know you’re using him as an example) but could u let him RIP.

  • ghettogov

    Im glad to see some people stand up and say f*** that…I don’t really respect hiscontributions to r&b all that much most of what he is known for is straight up sex music and is still talking that nonsense at Damn near age 50. Dude is an ol pervert I can’t believe niggas supported him through that whole pissin scandal…and it was mostly black women….That shish was fxxxxed up….

  • Q.

    Not to excuse R.’s past, but he was acquitted, right? If he’s such a pedophile why do stations still bump his music? Why does the industry still give him a pass and roll out the red carpet for him?

    I wonder how many people are going to protest Tim McGraw’s shows since he slapped that white girl in the face at his show? I’m guessing nobody.

    • Jahmal Johnson

      They play his music because people still are buying it…losers.
      The industry gives him a pass because they make them money as well.

      Think of Roman Polanski. He was CONVICTED and skipped town back to Paris while on bail. Yet he got 3 Oscars in 2002 and always works with top talent.

      • Q.

        Yup, Polanski grabbed one Oscar for Best Director back then, but like you said, money trumps all in this system. Just about any evil is overlooked if you’re profitable enough. And the beast picks and chooses who to vindicate and crucify.

      • ohnana

        Roman Polanksi and Woody Allen can go to the Oscars. Roman is a convict and Woody molested his own child and she even spoke up in an interview. He also goes to events with his adopted daughter as his wife! But R. Kelly who was acquitted and had no one come forward and co-sign the accusations and allegations against him can’t perform at a festival? Go play in traffic. This all comes down to one thing: RACE. Is R. Kelly a good person? I don’t know nor do I really care but I’m not here for the media trying to side with certain celebs and bash another.

      • Jay

        Roman Polanski has been living in Paris in exile since like the 70’s. As soon as he touches down in the U.S. he’s getting arrested. So no, he can’t go to the Oscars.

      • ohnana

        He has been on American soil since being on “exile”. He’s protected by a lot of people. He even won Oscars since he was convicted.

    • IceBergSlim

      You really have to choose your battles and statement with what you just said and the severity of the impact of R. Kelly’s actions. Their are a lot of entertainers out their who we should not support and that is up too the individual and businesses who promote them. These corporate sponsors do not care, For them it’s about the money, for me it is a moral concern. And it shows that more people are concerned because it is attached to him. The same for Woody Allen and others it is us to us as consumers to take them out the game cause we buy their merchandise to support them for our children. I stopped listening too R. Kelly years ago nor do I purchase any of his music.

      • Q.

        You’re right. It’s up to US to choose not to support entertainers repping our culture who are out of line. But I see a lot off hypocrisy across the board. If people are really gonna ride that moral high horse, then ride it to the death– and ride on EVERYBODY equally. For example, these people should have been banging on every radio station playing R.’s music since the piss tape came out, boycotting any and every corporate entity associated with R. Kelly’s name. I’m talking about BLACK people too. Black ppl are so thirsty for mainstream recognition and acceptance by white America that we’ll support any Black derelict in sports/entertainment. R. Kelly gets an industry pass because he’s in league with the devil, unfortunately. Jay-Z can rap about crack at age 45 and soccer moms still put dough in his pocket because he’s worth $100 mill and riding with the queen of pop. But any other Black man who missteps gets slapped upside the head by corporate America, meanhwhile the white boy gets a pass. Justin Bieber ain’t done a day a prison yet for breaking the law, but Chris Brown gets thrown under the bus every other day just for breathing? Sh!t is hilarious to me. But like I said below, the beast cherry-picks which n!ggas to vindicate and crucify. Hero today, Villain tomorrow.

  • Dhz30

    media/entertainment industry full of pedophiles

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  • soyhiphop

    Finally I mean he was peeing and f*cking the shit out of a 14 year old..if he didn’t had a music career he would of endup in to catch a predator years ago

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  • Man fk R Kelly, i stopped checking for him and deleted all his music from my mind and all musical devices a long time ago. The guy is a real life pedophile. I forget the writers name but there was an expose about him being accused by more than 20 sumn young girls whose life he ruined. The article talked about how he would hang out at high schools and it was a known fact he liked his women young. Check out the article if you can find it, dude was str8 up disgusting. He was charged a lot of times but his paper made things go away , he destroyed a lot of young women’s lives. Ionno bout yall but if you constantly being accused of something, you tend to shy away from whatever that is for awhile. If you continually do the same thing over and over wit no regard tho you have a problem. Please read the expose about him it will turn your stomach, Imma see if I can find it.

    • ohnana

      “from my mind”

      Nah, You’re in here typing up an essay about R. Kelly.

      1) If R. Kelly was hanging out at high schools then why haven’t we seen any pics? For someone as famous as he is, we would’ve had pics, don’t you think? or even stories about him being at a high school and even the names of these high schools but we haven’t.

      2) R. Kelly has never been convicted nor have any “victims” came forward. I wonder why.

      3) The writer of that article refused to testify against R. Kelly. I wonder why.

  • God Body

    Can’t believe people are on here debating whether or not this dude pee’d in a teenagers face on camera, when we’ve either seen it or heard about it. That fact, and the notion of whether you would personally feel comfortable leaving your teenager alone (remember Aaliyah was 15 when he supposedly tried to marry her) with this man should tell you enough about why he had to remove himself from a public event. the Law is an ass in this regard. His money is the only reason why he’s still out walking around trying to book shows.

  • ItGoesDownINtheDM

    VICTORY!! lol

  • jeezuz_walkz

    prolly the best decision this rapist has ever made… not for nothing he will never see a red cent out of my pocket. this goof needs to disappear. like who really wants to go to an open event festival and have to worry about losing their child and having a probability fear rate of 70% knowing their kid can be in R. KELLY’S Tour bus?

  • The Arsonist

    I personally no longer get down with Robert as an artist, especially since I know a female personally that he attempted to get at when she was 13/14 years old if it wasnt for her mom she would have been one of his victims, this guy has a problem and he needs to address his problem the young chick he pissed on is just the one that he got on tape hes been doing this for 20 years.

    • Guest

      “I know a female personally that he attempted to get at when she was
      13/14 years old if it wasnt for her mom she would have been one of his
      victims”

      LMFAOOOO! Bullshit.

      R. Kelly tried to hook up with me when I was 14 too. what a monster :((((

  • Read the village voice article about this clown and it will make u sick….journalist Jim Derogatis has followed R. Kelly for sum time…dude ruined DOZENS OF UNDERAGE GIRLS LIVES. Fk Robert Kelly he needs to be castrated and thrown in jail. I don’t believe everything I read but come on DOZENS of young females? Sumn ain’t right about this guy…A dozen equals twelve…they say dozens plural…sick mfer..

    • ohnana

      Jim Derogatis refused to testify against R. Kelly in 2007. If R. Kelly is as guilty as he claims then he would present PROOF and testify against him but he didn’t. Wake up, people. LOL @ that article. You really think a “dozen” yet again, no one has came forward? If R. Kelly ruined a “dozens of underage girls” then we would’ve heard about these alleged victims and their stories but we haven’t.

      • If u ain’t from chitown how would u know…it was in their paper heavy…u defending a dude wit problems…If he didn’t pay them folks off he woulda been in jail. Jim had to plead the fifth or he woulda been charged with viewing child pornography…you sound like the type to let anybody round your kids.

      • ohnana

        I don’t have to be from Chicago to know. I’ve read the documents. What do you mean if he didn’t pay them folks off he would be in jail? You need to read up on the case. People testified, jury deliberated, etc. Sorry but you sound like the type to get around with kids. People who usually dwell on certain topics are usually hiding their own perversions/insecurities… and you seem invested.

        And Jim wouldn’t have been charged with viewing child porno, idiot. Cause it’s not considered child porno. Fact is Jim refused to testify. It’s already well known that he viewed the tape and even admitted this himself on numerous occasions. It’s not something he hides (says a lot about him actually). What he refused to speak on is WHY he didn’t testify against R. Kelly. That’s one of the things that amused R. Kelly’s attorney’s as well. Jim actually helped R. Kelly’s case a lot and he knows it.

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  • IROC

    What a waste of talent he has gone down hill fast now the industry don’t want him anymore last album overly saturated with sex and was garbage

  • ohnana

    Those who are so invested on R. Kelly are hiding their own perversions and insecurities.