R. Kelly, the singer behind hits “I Believe I Can Fly”, “Ignition”, and “Bump n’ Grind” has a brand new album out but that’s not what’s making the headlines as of recent.
The Guardian reports that the singer has vehemently rebuffed that his latest work, “The Buffet” is not performing too well because of insistent allegations of sexual misconduct being thrown at him.
Kelly walked out of a live press conference with HuffPost Live after being asked by host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani if the long-term sexual allegations caused the dawdling sales of his recent album.
The singer has repetitively been charged, although never sentenced of sexually molesting minors. In 2008, he walked free from 14 charges of having child abuse images, following the refusal to testify of the main witness, who was alleged to be featured in a sex video made by R. Kelly. In 1996, Kelly settled one more case claiming that he had sexual relations with a minor for the sum of $250,000. Kelly also married the late singer Aaliyah, when she was just 15 years old.
Likened to albums previously released, counting the sexually amped “12 Play”, which was able to sell $6 million in the US and “Black Panties” in 2013, “The Buffet” has been, a little slow in terms of sales. This moved R. Kelly to post a YouTube video (which was later removed), asking his fans and supporters to help him.
“I had put my all out into this project, but sometimes you could put a million percent into something, but if the support is not there it will miss its chance to go down in history,” Kelly said to Modarressy-Tehrani. He criticized free downloads for the record’s poor sales.
Taking queries from Twitter, Modarressy-Tehrani hinted that the claims against Kelly were putting off fans. She quoted one person saying: “Would I let R Kelly babysit my daughters? F*** no. Would I play his music at a family party? Ya gotdamn right.”
Kelly responded with, “I say f*** that, I have a lot of fans around the world that don’t feel the way she [sic] do, God bless her, and you can’t satisfy everybody.” When Modarressy-Tehrani milled him on the topic, Kelly negated that his fans were anything other than optimistic. “Everywhere I go from malls to restaurants to sold-out tours overseas and back, everywhere I’ve been I get nothing but love,” he said.
A couple more questions after the heated exchange, wherein Kelly still refused to address the allegations, the interview was finished, as R. Kelly walked off with final words, “Thank you so much, you’re so beautiful.” “You don’t have to comment on my appearance, sir,” Modarressy-Tehrani answered.
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