R. Kelly: The Media Is Using Sexual Misconduct Allegations To Destroy My Legacy

The self-described "God-fearing man" won't voluntarily step away from the limelight.

(AllHipHop News) Earlier this week, the Times Up movement's Women Of Color (WOC) group joined the call to #MuteRKelly. However, Robert Kelly is refusing to concede to the mounting calls for the entertainment industry to cut ties with the singer following decades of pedophilia and sexual misconduct accusations.

The 12 Play album creator released a statement on Friday complaining that the media "has dissected and manipulated these false allegations.” R. Kelly also accused the press of being on a mission "to distort my character and to destroy my legacy that I have worked so hard to build."

This latest response to the growing call to #MuteRKelly follows the singer's representatives accusing the backlash against the Chicago native of being a "public lynching of a black man." That description drew condemnation from Selma director/WOC committee member Ava DuVernay.

"I’ve had it with [Kanye West] + [R. Kelly] using the imagery of lynching as rebuttals re: their dastardly behavior. Evoking racial terrorism and murder for personal gain/blame is stratospheric in is audacity and ignorance. This is what lynching looked like. How dare they?" tweeted DuVernay.

In 2002, Kelly was indicted on child pornography charges for allegedly videotaping himself having sex with an underage girl. He was eventually acquitted in 2008.

The 51-year-old R&B veteran has also been connected to an alleged sex cult where women are supposedly being held against their will. R. Kelly has denied engaging in any illegal acts.

Some venues and promoters have begun canceling R. Kelly shows. Additionally, his music has been banned from the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show.

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My issue with Kells is that he's been way too hush-hush for way too long. If somebody accused me of the stuff that he's been accused of I would have my publicist set up a Charlamagne interview asap.


R's problem was he surrounded himself with only 'YES" people & NEVER Had SMART Vets around that could have steered him from the underage/sex cult type bevaior! #KarmasABitch

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