Chicago radio station pulls R. Kelly music in wake of ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ docuseries
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By Elisha Fieldstadt
A Chicago radio station has mentioned it would now not play R. Kelly’s music after a docuseries introduced renewed consideration to sexual misconduct allegations towards the R&B singer.
LaMont Watts, the CEO of Clubsteppin 95.1 FM introduced Wednesday that the station would cease enjoying all songs by R. Kelly in gentle of “Surviving R. Kelly,” a Lifetime sequence that aired final week which chronicles a long time of the singer’s alleged sexual misconduct.
“As a frontrunner of a staff the place girls contribute unselfishly in a enterprise the place a majority of our viewers is girls. … And to listen to and see the ache and struggling that’s actual for thus many, efficient instantly, we are going to now not play the music of R. Kelly,” Watts mentioned in an audio assertion posted to Fb.
“Whereas everybody have to be afforded their proper to due course of — harmless till confirmed responsible — we should shield our girls always. In that, we should not waver or compromise,” Watts added.
Watts informed the Chicago Solar Instances that he is heard combined response from listeners, from gratitude to threats of boycotts.
“The intent of my actions is to help girls all over the place, of their therapeutic from abuse,” Watts wrote in a press release Thursday. “As Christians, we’re referred to as to face when it’s inconvenient or unpopular to take action, even when the individuals will not or do not know to face for themselves.”
“Surviving R. Kelly,” which aired final week on Lifetime, contains greater than 50 interviews from girls who accuse Kelly, 52, of psychological, bodily and sexual abuse, in addition to interviews with associates and relations of the singer.
Kelly, who turned 52 on Tuesday, has denied all wrongdoing, and he has by no means been convicted. NBC Information has reached out to him repeatedly because the airing of the docuseries however has solely been in a position to converse to his lawyer, Steven Greenberg.
Greenberg informed NBC Information on Friday that he and Kelly are “not involved as a result of he is aware of he did not do something fallacious.”
Within the wake of the docuseries, a Chicago-area prosecutor on Tuesday requested that anybody who’s alleging abuse by the singer contact her workplace to research their claims. She mentioned that households of two alleged victims had already come ahead.
Greenberg mentioned Friday, “I feel the prosecutors are going to speak to those individuals. They are going to decide that there is no such thing as a benefit to those allegations. They are not provable allegations as a result of they did not occur. And so they’re not going to waste their time.”
Kelly is credited with partially popularizing Steppin, a Chicago-born dance type with deep ties to black tradition, with “Step In The Title Of Love” and “Steppin’ Into Heaven.”
Clubsteppin has been streaming on-line since 2003 however expanded to radio when it acquired 95.1 FM final yr.