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Ever since #MuteRKelly started trending last week, more accusers have come forward, Spotify and Pandora have dropped him from their playlists, and there were calls for the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in North Carolina to cancel his concert on May 11. R. Kelly performed and despite being told to "tone it down," he went even further.
During a nearly one-hour show, which had protesters outside of the venue, he said, “Sometimes, some storms ain’t gonna stop. As long as my fans are calling for me, I’m gonna be on that stage, singing these songs.” He also said, “I’ve been through a lot of (expletive)” and thanked fans for continuing to “fight for me all these years.”
According to the Associated Press, the 51-year-old, who has been accused of sexual assault for over two decades claimed "he was approached backstage to tone down his songs and language because there were families in attendance." Kelly's reaction? "In defiance" he "launched into his sexually suggestive repertoire. At one point, he rubbed a fan’s cell phone between his legs. He persuaded another to wipe his face, tongue and crotch with a towel." That's a lot of wiping and rubbing and extremely gross.
Kelly has denied all sexual assault allegations.