R. Kelly latest: Petition urges RCA Records to drop the singer, while daughter disavows, lawyer defends him
Andrea Kelly/Courtesy of LifetimeIn the wake of the explosive Surviving R. Kelly docuseries, one high-profile personality after another has denounced the R&B crooner. Now, a petition has emerged calling for Kelly’s record label to drop him from its roster.
According to the Color of Change petition, Kelly’s alleged serial abuse of young women — without any serious repercussions — is “unacceptable.”
“Despite Kelly’s decades-long documented coercion and sexual manipulation of young black women, including illegally marrying a 15-year-old when he was 27, countless civil suits and a trial for 14 counts of child pornography, he’s never faced legal or financial consequences,” the petition reads.
The effort to have Kelly dropped from his label is being made in partnership with the women’s rights advocacy group UltraViolet, who have also paid to fly a banner over RCA Headquarters on Friday urging the label to drop Kelly.
There are no specifics as to how many signatures the petition has received.
Meanwhile, Kelly’s daughter Buku Abi has now disavowed her father. In a lengthy statement, posted to her Instagram Story, she addressed why she didn’t condemn Kelly immediately.
“The same monster you [are] all confronting me about is my father. I am well aware of who and what he is,” she wrote. “My choice to not speak up on him and what he does is for my peace of mind…and for MY healing.”
Thursday, Kelly’s lawyer Steven Greenberg issued a statement denying the decades-long accusations against the Chicago native. Greenberg fiercely defended the pop star in an interview with ABC News, saying, “There are no underage victims. There are no sexual assault victims.”
“There are no victims of domestic violence that they’re going to find. It just didn’t ever happen.”
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