R. Kelly Removes Himself From Music Festival Due To Protests Against Him [Photo]
Well it looks like your past will always haunt you, according to the latest with R. Kelly. 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.
Here’s what the festival coordinators had to say regarding why Kelly was forced to withdraw from the festival:
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 included “R. Kelly is sorry to disappoint his fans, but looks forward to seeing them in the near future during one of his upcoming tours.”