The fallout from R. Kelly’s latest scandal continues.
Amid accusations that the R&B singer is operating a “brainwashed” sex cult of young women out of his homes in Chicago and Atlanta, a petition has been launched for Sony Music to drop him from its roster.
“R&B singer R. Kelly has preyed on teenage girls for the past 25 years,” the petition reads, citing his 1994 marriage to then-15-year-old singer Aaliyah, as well as his 2002 child pornography case, though he was ultimately acquitted. “It’s time our society stops his cycle of abuse.”
As of the time of publishing, the petition has nearly reached its goal of 9,000 supporters, though Sony Music has yet to respond to the initiative. Kelly, meanwhile, has denied the allegations.
First reported by BuzzFeed News, the singer is accused of holding several young women against their will in his homes, controlling their day-to-day activities, and forcing them to engage in sexual trysts. However, police visits have yielded nothing to justify charges, and one of the alleged victims, Joycelyn Savage, has also publicly denied the report.
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