Merely days after news broke that R. Kelly was allegedly leading some sort of “sex cult,” a new Care2 petition launched online demanding that the R&B singer be dropped from Sony Music/RCA Records. The public petition insists Kelly be held accountable and brought to justice for his alleged activities.
Kelly has reportedly been with RCA since 2011. “We must not let habitual abusers float above justice simply because they are rich and famous,” the petition’s statement reads. “Let’s work together to turn R. Kelly into a symbol for victim’s right, reminding abusers everywhere that no one is untouchable.” The petition also cites Kelly’s past indiscretions, including his illegal marriage to a then-15-year-old Aaliyah. His previous and most recent behavior have even been compared to that of other accused sexual offenders like Bill Cosby and Dr. Luke. “We must not let habitual abusers float above justice simply because they are rich and famous. Let’s work together to turn R. Kelly into a symbol for victim’s rights, reminding abusers everywhere that no one is untouchable,” the petition concludes, using the hashtag #DropRKelly.
Earlier this week, BuzzFeed published an exposé piece, alleging the singer was holding a number of young women captive at his two guest homes in Chicago and Atlanta. According to the story, the singer controlled every aspect of their lives, from what they ate to when they slept. They were also trained on how to have sex with Kelly, and when they broke one of his rules, the “crooner physically and verbally abuses the women,” according to the article.
Since the report, Kelly’s lawyer, Linda Mensch released a statement, saying that her client “unequivocally denies” all of the allegations and was “disturbed by the recent revelations attributed to him.” One of the alleged captives, Jocelyn Savage, also came forward, releasing two videos in which she suggested that she was not a victim or hostage and that her worried father was overreacting.
Despite Jocelyn’s pleas to her family and the public, it seems like people are not buying the act. Currently, more than 9,000 supporters have signed the digital petition out of the goal of 10,000 signatures. If you agree with thousands of others, you can sign the petition here.
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