R. Kelly, whose career is reeling from the longstanding sexual-misconduct allegations presented in Lifetime's harrowing documentary Surviving R. Kelly, has announced tour dates almost as far as geographically possible from the United States: in Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
But he must not realize the internet, where he announced the tour, is actually the world wide web, also known as www, so there is no escaping the cloud. "New Zealand | Sri Lanka see y'all soon!", he wrote on Instagram.
R. Kelly's announcement was met with criticism on social media. He has denied the allegations.
"If the Immigration Minister suspects that a non-citizen does not pass the character test, or there is a risk to the community while they are in Australia, he should use the powers he has under the Migration Act to deny or cancel their visa", senior opposition MP Shayne Neumann said in a statement.
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In spite of literally everything else going on in his life right now, R. Kelly apparently still has the absolute nerve to not only try and announce an upcoming tour, but an upcoming tour of Australia to boot.
"Shouldn't you be in jail? For any reason. At all", another user expressed.
Lifetime's documentary series released last month "Surviving R. Kelly" in which multiple women accuse him of sexual misconduct drew even more attention to the allegations, and his record label has reportedly dropped him. Yahoo reached out for comment about the company's decision to partner with R. Kelly but did not immediately receive a response.
"The allegations aren't true because he never knowingly had sex with an underage woman", attorney Steve Greenberg said in an interview with the Associated Press.