R&B icon R. Kelly is in some hot water as allegations of his running a “sex cult” with “young woman” surfaced last week. The story was broken by Buzzfeed who alleged the 50-year-old singer was brainwashing and regulating the lives of six different women. On Monday, the singer announced that four separate shows from his After Party tour would be cancelled. The artists is still set to perform for six other shows in August and October.
TMZ reports, however that the shows were cancelled due to poor ticket sales and scheduling conflicts. The shows in question include Los Angeles, Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Dallas. Kelly himself has denied the sex cult allegations twice – once through a lawyer, and a second time on a social media video.
According to Rolling Stone:
Buzzfeed published its report alleging the Kelly was keeping six women on two properties in Chicago and Atlanta on July 17th. In addition to the reporting by Jim DeRogatis – who broke the first major story about Kelly’s illegal sexual relationships with underage women at the Chicago Sun-Times more than a decade ago – another woman came forward after the Buzzfeed report and corroborated details about the singer’s “manipulative” and “controlling” behavior.
Kelly has called the allegations “crap” and his lawyer Linda Mensch stated “Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such accusations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”