Sunday, 17 February, 2019

R. Kelly plans new tour amid sexual assault allegations

R. Kelly performs in concert at Barclays Center Getty Images
Freda Brock | 07 February, 2019, 15:54

R. Kelly, whose career is reeling from the longstanding sexual-misconduct allegations presented in Lifetime's harrowing documentary Surviving R. Kelly, has announced tour dates almost as far as geographically possible from the United States: in Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

However, Australia appears to have opened its arms to the controversial singer with news that the 52-year-old will tour the country.

"See y'all soon" the post said, accompanied by a picture of Kelly and the declaration "The King of R & B".

"Labor would be seriously concerned if immigration minister David Coleman would allow an individual such as R. Kelly into Australia", said Shayne Neumann the Australian shadow minister for immigration and border protection, in a statement obtained by The Guardian.

Big Music Tour confirmed they were bring Kelly down under to play Auckland's Trusts Arena on Friday February 15. But the department said in a statement there were strong legal provisions to block entry to anyone "found not to be of good character".

Bulls Acquire Otto Porter From Wizards
The move cuts short Parker's well-publicized return to his hometown after being drafted second overall by Milwaukee in 2014. This is not the sort of move the Wizards hoped to have to make, but it's a pragmatic one in the wake of Wall's injury.

In the past, Australia has denied entry to celebrities and musicians with troubling pasts including singer Chris Brown and boxer Floyd Mayweather. "You for sure aren't welcome here in Australia buddy?" another tweet read.

The following article discusses R Kelly.

Although Kelly has always been trailed by allegations of sexual misconduct with younger women, the singer has become the focus of renewed scrutiny since the six-part docuseries "Surviving R. Kelly" premiered on Lifetime in early January.

A representative for the singer did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment. The embattled entertainer announced on social media Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, that he'll be going to Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

"The allegations aren't true because he never knowingly had sex with an underage woman", attorney Steve Greenberg said in an interview with the Associated Press.

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