R. Kelly is having one of the worst weeks of his life by far, and the hits keep coming. A petition has surfaced demanding that Sony Records cancel their recording contract with the veteran R&B singer.
The Care2 petition was launched after the explosive allegations laid out in an original Buzzfeed News piece in where the beleaguered crooner is accused of holding a number of women under his control. Kelly has denied the accusations, and one of his alleged victims released two videos explaining her position and claimed she’s not being held captive. Despite this. the Care2 petition has gained significant traction and already close to its 10,000-signature goal.
From the petition:
R&B singer R. Kelly has preyed on teenage girls for the past 25 years. It’s time our society stops his cycle of abuse. Join us in telling Sony to #DropRKelly for habitually preying on teenage girls for the past 25 years!
In 1994, R. Kelly illegally married 15-year-old Aaliyah, and in 2002, he was indicted on 14 counts of child pornography. He was acquitted six years later because neither the alleged victim nor her parents were willing to testify, but more than 40 others took the stand to confirm that the girl in the video was the 14-year-old girl.
Recently, disturbing reports have surfaced from parents and former entourage members who allege R. Kelly is holding multiple women in a sex cult in which he controls their every move, physically and emotionally punishes them if they break his rules, and films his sexual encounters with them to share with his friends.
Despite all of this information being on the public record, Kelly continues to tour, release albums, collaborate with artists like Mariah Carey and Lady Gaga, and be honored at events like BET’s Soul Train Awards. R. Kelly should not profit while he continues to victimize women.
The petition can be viewed here.