Thousands of people in Germany have signed a change.org online petition calling for two concerts by controversial US singer R Kelly not to go ahead. On Friday, almost 22,000 people had signed the online petition, the motto of which is “Don’t give sexual offenders a stage.’’ The petition calls for concerts planned in Ludwigsburg in southern Germany on April 12 and in the northern port city of Hamburg on April 14 to be cancelled due to allegations of sexual misconduct against the artist.
In a six-part documentary series aired on Lifetime in the US., Kelly is accused of manipulating women and controlling their lives, in addition to numerous accusations of sexual misconduct. However, the singer has rejected the allegations. Report says whether the protest will be effective remains to be seen. The concert organisers were not available for comment. A municipal official in Hamburg told dpa that a binding contract had been signed for the 7,000-seat venue Hamburger Sporthalle for April 14.
It was up to the German agency organising the concerts to decide whether the concert should go ahead. Recently, R.Kelly’s battles with molestation accusations have taken a new turn as his former back up signer, Jovante Cunningham has revealed that he had sex with late music star, Aaliyah when she was just 15 years old. In a soon to be released documentary ‘Surviving R.Kelly’ the singer said he saw the RnB legend molest the young Aaliyah. As reported by People, Jovante gave a detailed account of the time she witnessed the statutory rape committed by R.Kelly.
“On a tour bus, there really aren’t many confined spaces. When you get on the bus there are bunks and so these bunks have little curtains you can pull at night if you don’t want anybody to see you sleeping.”So it just so happened we were all laying in our bunks and the curtains are open, everybody’s communicating, laughing, when the [room] door flew open on the bus. Robert was having sex with Aaliyah,” she said.
R.Kelly has been in the news over the last few years battling different court cases over child molestation and rape. One of the most recent accusations leveled against him was from his own brother who said he raped their 14-year-old cousin.
R Kelly’s image as a music icon keeps getting dented as the day goes by with accusations and counter-accusations of rape and molestation with the latest alleged victim being his cousin. According to the singer’s brother, Carey Kelly, R Kelly had sexually assaulted their 14-year-old cousin and even got her pregnant in the process. In a recent interview in a radio show “Unwine With Tashak”, Carey says R Kelly’s character changed after the death of their mother and Aaliyah in 2001.
“You give people chances to change before you put their business out there before you actually say ‘enough it enough.’ Things happen in people’s lives to the point where you feel like it’s a wake-up call and now they get a chance to right their wrongs,” he said.
Carey went on to talk about the time he had a fight with R Kelly because he could no longer condole his character because he kept on going after young girls. Carey in the interview also revealed that he thinks because R Kelly was molested as a child that has played a major role in his target for young girls.