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R. Kelly-Hosted Concert Denied Permit Over Security Concerns

January 13, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Officials in Illinois have denied organizers of a concert to he hosted by R. Kelly over “security concerns.” The Chicago Tribune has confirmed with Illinois Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Denise Albert that a permit was denied for the Spring Break Jam concert. The event was set to take place on April 6th and would have featured the R&B singer as a host.

The denial comes in the midst of the firestorm over sexual abuse allegations documented in Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly series. The claims have resulted in a criminal investigation launching against the singer in Georgia, while Chicago prosecutors are speaking with alleged victims as well.

Albert told the outlet that the permit application was denied due to security concerns following protests outside Kelly’s studio in Chicago. “They had just submitted an application, and unfortunately we can’t control when an organizer begins promoting an event,” said Albert, who said that the denial had nothing to do with the Lifetime docuseries itself.

The protests against Kelly have included a “#MuteRKelly” campaign, demonstrations outside of his studio and, as you can see below, a sign being flown over Sony offices asking the record label to drop the singer.

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