R. Kelly has been dropped from the lineup of an Ohio music festival following complaints
about his past as an alleged sexual predator. The musician was slated to perform on the
opening day of the inaugural Fashion Meets Music Festival over Labor Day weekend in Columbus.
But following complaints on Twitter and Facebook and bands and vendors reportedly pulling out
of the event, the festival tweeted that it and the musician “have decided to part ways,” linking to
a USA Today article about the decision.Kelly’s publicist released the following statement to USA
Today: "R. Kelly is sorry to disappoint his fans but looks forward to seeing them in the near future
during one of his upcoming tours." After Kelly was announced as a performer, numerous complaints
were posted on Twitter and Facebook, mostly about his past as an alleged sexual predator, USA
Today reported. Kelly was indicted in 2002 on charges of making child pornography and was acquitted
The Chicago Sun-Times also ran an investigative series portraying the musician as a sexual predator.
One of the comments retrieved by USA Today said, “It's actually very common for sexual predators to
put on a good show. That is how they lure their victims." Rape victims responded to the Kelly booking
with "sheer horror,” another Facebook user wrote. “That's why we are upset. Support victims of sexual
abuse and don't ignore them." Another user said, “Accepting R Kelly as an artist is to ignore the
fundamental basics of human dignity. It's not like he's just a player and folks don't dig it. A very real
line was very clearly crossed and this is how we choose to express our disdain for the deeds and
support for the victims."