Council passes resolution to ban R. Kelly from performing in Philly

Pat Loeb
January 31, 2019 - 2:49 pm
Demonstrators gather near the studio of singer R. Kelly to call for a boycott of his music after allegations of sexual abuse against young girls were raised on the highly-rated Lifetime mini-series "Surviving R. Kelly" on Jan. 9, 2019 in Chicago, Illi

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — City Council passed a resolution Thursday banning R&B star R. Kelly from performing in Philadelphia, becoming the third city to sign on to the Mute R. Kelly campaign.

Kenyette Barnes flew from Atlanta to frigid Philadelphia to testify in support of the City Council's resolution to ban R. Kelly from performing in the city.
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Kenyette Barnes flew from Atlanta to frigid Philadelphia to testify in support of the resolution.

"This movement is about saying enough is enough, and no longer can we allow people to rest on hero worship and have the capital to buy themselves out of accountability," she said.

Barnes founded Mute R. Kelly 15 months ago to stop the singer's concert in Atlanta, as allegations poured in that he manipulated and abused young women. She said it was the perfect moment.

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"In 15 months, the Mute R. Kelly movement has 12 chapters. We've cancelled 12 concerts at an estimated $1.75 million in lost revenue," she said.

No concerts were planned for Philadelphia, but the resolution declares council's solidarity with the movement.