R. Kelly's Sexual Assault Accuser Takes Issue With The #MeToo Movement
Yohance Kyles (@HUEYmixwitRILEY)
(AllHipHop News) Many powerful men in entertainment, news, and politics have been taken down by the #MeToo movement. However, R&B superstar R. Kelly did not face the level of career-ending condemnation as Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Matt Lauer, Tavis Smiley, Russell Simmons, Charlie Rose, and Al Franken.
One of the women claiming she faced sexual, physical, and mental abuse from Kelly is questioning why the veteran vocalist has not garnered the same attention. Jerhonda Pace spoke with Buzzfeed about her concerns with #MeToo as it relates to what she sees as a lack of concern for Kelly's alleged victims.
"I was livid, because when their stories came out, they received so much attention. It was just crazy, and I was like, ‘What about R. Kelly’s victims? What about us?’ Nothing happened for us," said Pace.
She later added, "I didn’t feel that [any of the investigators] were passionate about it and that they were going to pursue it the way that it needed to be pursued. I was told that they want more witnesses to corroborate my story, which makes no sense: I’m the victim; I have the proof: He was paying me, I have the contract he signed, I gave them the DNA T-shirt, I gave them everything proving I was there, and they were like, ‘We need more people to say that they saw you [with Kelly].’”
R. Kelly has also been accused of controlling a "sex cult" of young women where he dictates every aspect of their lives. The "Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)" musician has denied the allegations.
Some activists and social media users have attempted to continuously highlight the sexual misconduct accusations against Kelly by pushing the #MuteRKelly campaign. A few of the singer's concerts have been canceled due to backlash from protests, but other shows were allowed to take place.
SlutWalk organizer Amber Rose recently shared her opinion about the #MeToo movement as well. The model/actress told The Raw Word, "It's kind of frustrating to me because all of a sudden feminism became such a mainstream thing now that white - no shade - white, rich actresses start coming out saying 'Me too, me too.' But what happened to all of us?"