R. Kelly has been dropped from the lineup of Columbus, Ohio’s Fashion Meets Music Festival.
FMMF is a music and fashion festival featuring an extremely diverse lineup, including: Michelle Williams, O.A.R., Afroman, Cold War Kids, Ceremony, Circa Survive, Rusko, and many more.
Columbus bands, sponsors, and the public protested R. Kelly’s scheduled appearance, citing a history of sex crime accusations.
R. Kelly was charged with 21 counts of making child pornography in 2002. He was found not-guilty in 2008, because the ages of the girls in the video evidence could not be identified.
The Chicago Sun-Times has consistently reported on sexual assault charges against R. Kelly, interviewing hundreds of people who claimed R. Kelly hung around high schools to have sex with 14 and 15 years old girls. The Village Voice recently ran an in-depth look at the Sun-Times’ investigation.
Fashion Meets Music Festival listened to the protests of the Columbus community, and announced that R. Kelly would no longer play the festival via Twitter.
FMMF and R. Kelly have decided to part ways. Thank you for your support, we look forward to seeing you next month. http://t.co/6d1OVaNHJT
— Fashion + Music Fest (@FMMFestival) July 28, 2014
R. Kelly’s publicist released a statement:
“R. Kelly is sorry to disappoint his fans but looks forward to seeing them in the near future during one of his upcoming tours.”
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