Authorities in Georgia want Live Nation to cancel an upcoming R. Kelly show.
The request from the Fulton County Attorney’s Office comes amid a Buzzfeed report that the Grammy-winning singer is running an abusive cult targeting young women seeking a music career, according to NPR.
R. Kelly is scheduled to perform at the WolfCreek Amphitheater in College Park, Georgia. The county owns the 5,420-seat venue. Authorities wrote to Live Nation seeking the cancellation.
“I’ve gotten a series of emails from various constituents about the concert,” John H. Eaves, chairman of Fulton County’s Board of Commissioners, told NPR. The emails asked Eaves “to do all that I can as chairman to stop it. Whether it was an organized effort or individuals who are passionate about this issue that wanted us to cancel it, I don’t know, but we’ve heard them.”
“I presented testimony before the Fulton County board requesting they pull the contract,” organizer Kenyette Barnes told NPR. “Because of the interesting agreements the county has with Live Nation, they’ve contracted with them for all their summer concert series, including R. Kelly’s. But it’s up to Live Nation.”
So far, Live Nation says the show will go on.
R. Kelly’s camp has not commented, according to NPR. Performances in Louisiana, Texas and Los Angeles have already been axed.
Said Barnes: “(Live Nation is) not backing down, so we are at this point preparing to speak with members of our state legislature to cancel the concert due to public concerns. Our next step at that point is to get the mayor of College Park, Georgia, to compel them to cancel the concert. And, if pressure from our public officials is unsuccessful, when the contract is up for re-bid, (we plan) to request other candidates to administer the venue.”
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