Illi­nois re­fuses venue per­mit to R. Kelly

Albany Times Union (Sunday) - - NEWS -

Illi­nois of­fi­cials say a con­cert in Spring­field that was to be hosted by R. Kelly can­not take place in the wake of new sex­ual mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions against the R&B star.

Illi­nois Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture spokes­woman Denise Al­bert told the Chicago Tri­bune that the ap­pli­ca­tion for the Spring Break Jam in April was de­nied Thurs­day be­cause of se­cu­rity con­cerns fol­low­ing protests out­side Kelly’s Chicago stu­dio this week.

Kelly has been un­der fire since the re­cent air­ing of a Life­time doc­u­men­tary “Sur­viv­ing R. Kelly.”

He has de­nied all al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct.

A tip that Kelly was hold­ing two women against their will prompted Chicago po­lice to visit his res­i­dence Fri­day in Chicago’s Trump Tower. Of­fi­cers in­ter­viewed Kelly and the women but found no ev­i­dence of wrong­do­ing.

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