If you think that doing karaoke to "Ignition (Remix)" in the wake of the recent BuzzFeed News story alleging R. Kelly is brainwashing young women into participating in an abusive "sex cult" is problematic, try going to an R. Kelly concert.
TMZ reports that R. Kelly has cancelled four of the 10 stops he was scheduled to make on his After Party Tour, including appearances in Los Angeles, Dallas, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans, leaving only six shows on his schedule.
According to sources, the performances got nixed because of poor ticket sales, which was evident during his show last Friday in Virginia Beach. For years, the Chicago-bred singer has been a test of people's willingness to either ignore, confront or live with controversial rumors. With that said, it wouldn't be all that surprising if these latest allegations hurt the singer somewhat in the short term.
In a statement to Page Six, Kelly's publicist Trevian Kutti repeated Kelly's said the singer would, "work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name".
One of his alleged captives, Joycelyn Savage, is fed up with her family and has denied all allegations against her and Kelly on camera.
One of the most weird and potentially disturbing stories of the year has been rumours of R. Kelly's so-called "sex cult". "He needs to be locked up forever".
At this rate, it wouldn't be surprising if Kelly's team canceled the tour completely.