R. Kelly Booted From Music Festival After Sex Allegation Backlash

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R. Kelly has been dropped from the Fashion Meets Music Festival in

Columbus, Ohio, after two bands previously abandoned their performance

slots when he was announced as a performer in June. Ohio bands

Saintseneca and Damn the Witch Siren chose to leave the festival,

slated for August 29 to August 31, citing past allegations leveled at

R. Kelly, including sexual assault. Though the "Ignition" singer was

eventually found not guilty of child pornography charges in a widely

publicized 2008 trial, earlier accusations of sexual assault against

Kelly were revived in an exhaustive Village Voice post last year.

Saintseneca plan to hold a benefit for sexual assault victims as a

counter concert. They wrote on their site at the time: "We feel his

selection as a performer ignores his very serious allegations of

sexual violence and assault. We feel it is an affront to all

survivors, who are already often overlooked and forgotten in our

society." The concert's founders initially defended their choice to

book Kelly as headliner, saying he filled the R&B void they had in the

lineup and that he had a legally clear record. "He was not convicted

of anything. He was acquitted," FMMF cofounder Bret Adams had told

Columbus Alive in June. "If we wanted to limit our artists to people

who never had brushes with the law or were not good people, then you

can eliminate quite a few across the board. We're running a festival

to help brand the city of Columbus. We're not the morality police."

But on Tuesday (July 29), FMMF announced that they have "decided to

part ways" with R. Kelly. The singer responded in a statement to the

Huffington Post: "R. Kelly is sorry to disappoint his fans, but looks

forward to seeing them in the near future during one of his upcoming



Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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