AFRICANGLOBE – Despite being subjected to sexual assault allegations following the release of the documentary Surviving R Kelly last month, the 52-year-old US singer’s ticket sales are booming in one German city.
In Ludwigsburg, a picturesque place just north of Stuttgart in south-west Germany, Kelly has had to upgrade from his original 7200 capacity venue to a 9000-strong complex in a city about 120 kilometres away in Neu-Ulm.
It’s the second time the April 12th date has been forced to move – but not because of growing demand. Ausburger Allegemeine reported the RnB singer was set to play a venue a different venue originally, but an online petition against the concert forced organisers Concerts Stuttgart to pull the plug.
On February 5, Kelly announced a Sri Lankan, Australian and New Zealand tour on Twitter. However, after backlash from Twitter users, the tweet was removed the next day.
In New Zealand, Women’s Refuge penned an open letter to the immigration minister asking that Kelly be denied entry to the country.
Kelly has denied all sexual assault allegations in the documentary and said he intends to sue everyone involved in the documentary, including the alleged victims.
Venues across the US have so far put on a united front in denying Kelly the ability put on shows in his home country.
The singer’s long-term label also dropped him last year, under mounting external pressure.