R. Kelly Is Cancelling Tour Dates In The Wake Of Abuse Allegations
By Stephen Gossett in Arts & Entertainment on Aug 1, 2017 4:25PM
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The myriad accusations against R. Kelly appear to be finally catching up to his pocket book—at least to an extent.
Kelly has cancelled three of his remaining ten scheduled tour dates, Billboard notes. Citing four unnamed sources, TMZ reports that the cancellations were due to paltry ticket sales. The scrapped dates of course follow in the wake of Buzzfeed News' damning report in which the R&B singer is accused of holding women against their will in "cult"-like homes. Kelly denies the claims.
Scheduled dates at UNO Lakefront Arena, in New Orleans (Aug. 11), Raising Cane's River Center Arena, in Baton Rouge (Aug. 12) and Music Hall at Fair Park, in Dallas (Aug. 13). Seven other scheduled dates for the After Party tour are still on the itinerary, according to Ticketmaster.
Kelly on Friday staged his first performance since the scathing Buzzfeed report—written by Chicago music journalist (and longtime Kelly watchdog) Jim DeRogatis—at Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater, in Virginia Beach. The venue appeared to be at less than half capacity, according to a separate TMZ report. Seemingly undeterred (as usual), he still delved into his usual crotch-rubbing loverman schtick.
We'll keep an eye on the tour dates and update if more cancellations are confirmed.