(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.