R. Kelly Dropped From Headlining Ohio Music Festival Over Sexual Predator AllegationsJuly 29th, 2014
R. Kelly’s string of alleged sex crimes is something that’s members of one Midwest music scene understandably refuse to ignore. Their protests against R. Kelly headlining Columbus, Ohio’s Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio, have led organizers of the event to pull R. Kelly from the Labor Day weekend lineup.
“R. Kelly’s selection as a performer ignores the very serious allegations made against him”
R. Kelly was scheduled to appear on the Aug. 29, opening day of a three-day event in Columbus’ Arena District. His 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.”
Here’s what local musician Saint Seneca told the press:
“We feel R. Kelly’s selection as a performer ignores his very serious allegations of sexual violence and assault. We feel it is an affront to all survivors, who are already often overlooked and forgotten in our society.”