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R. Kelly Announces Australian Tour Amid Numerous Sexual Abuse Allegations

Controversial R&B star R. Kelly has announced an Australian tour, despite numerous allegations of sexual abuse recently hitting headlines again.

UPDATE: R. Kelly has since deleted his tweet announcing his Australian tour, without an explanation. Promotions company Flamingo Dreamz, which appeared as Kelly's tour promoter in his tweet, has not responded to multiple requests for comment.


The singer announced on Twitter he'd be touring Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka "soon", but did not release dates.

"New tour alert... see y'all soon," he said, alongside a crown emoji.

Photo: Twitter.

Promotions outfit Flamingo Dreams, which is bringing Kelly to Australia, did not respond to a request for comment.

Kelly has had numerous allegations of sexual abuse, including making child pornography, made against him over the years, which recently hit headlines again with the release of the six-part documentary Surviving R. Kelly.

He married 15-year-old singer Aaliyah in 1994, when he was 27.

He was charged in 2002 with 21 counts of making child pornography, involving intercourse, oral sex, urination, and other sexual acts, to which he pleaded not guilty.

The jury eventually concluded they could not prove the girl in the videotapes relating to the charges was a minor, and Kelly was found not guilty on all counts.

More recently, has been accused of holding a number of black women hostage as sex slaves.

R. Kelly and Aaliyah in 1994. Image: Anthony Cutajar.

It comes a little over a month since a different Kelly tour -- seemingly promoted by NSE -- was shut down as "fake" by the singer.

However, as 10 daily reported at the time, several national promoters were originally pitching for a potential tour, later backing out when Kelly's alleged offences were once again in the headlines.

One national promoter, speaking to 10 daily under conditions of anonymity, said it was about putting "victims first".

"We consider morality, ethics and integrity paramount over making a quick buck," they said.

"And over time -- with the abundance of allegations avalanching against Mr Kelly into a #MuteRKelly campaign -- we had to consider the victims first."

R. Kelly performs at ORACLE Arena on January 15, 2017, in Oakland, California. Photo: Getty.

The grassroots #MuteRKelly campaign has had some success in its goal of effectively ending Kelly's career; although his music is still available on Spotify, it is no longer promoted to users.

Kelly's record label since the 1990s RCA quietly "parted ways" with the singer earlier this year, but did not elaborate as to why.

The Australian government has in the past refused visas to people based on certain "character requirements".

It was under those character requirements the Department of Home Affairs issued a 'notice of intention to consider refusal of your visa' to whistleblower Chelsea Manning last year.

"A person can fail the character test for a number of reasons, including but not limited to where a non-citizen has a substantial criminal record or where their conduct represents a risk to the Australian community," a department spokesperson told 10 daily last year.

Despite numerous allegations, Kelly has never been convicted of a crime, with a number of cases being settled out of court. He has vehemently denied all allegations.

Contact the author: abrucesmith@networkten.com.au