Australian Lawmakers Want to Ban R. Kelly From Touring There

Lewis Collier
February 8, 2019

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R. Kelly has since deleted his tweet announcing his Australian tour, without an explanation.

The embattled asshole posted on Twitter earlier this morning, claiming he'll be touring Australia, as well as New Zealand and Sri Lanka of all places, "soon".

R. Kelly apparently has fans riding for him in overseas markets despite the heinous crimes he's been accused of committing. After Kelly's Tuesday announcement, local politicians of the Labour Party released a statement condemning his entry into the country.

Allegations of sexually abusive behavior by Kelly toward young women date back more than 20 years. "There are strong provisions under the Act to refuse or cancel a visa where a person is found not to be of good character", the spokesperson said. Chris Brown and Floyd Mayweather Jr have both been barred from entering the country on account of incidents of domestic abuse.

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Meanwhile Kelly's tour of Australia is prompting concern from members of the public and some MPs. You can read an outline of R. Kelly's abuse here. "For any reason. At all", another user expressed.

Kelly's career has been stifled since a #MuteRKelly campaign gained momentum past year to protest his alleged sexual abuse of women and girls, which Kelly denies. Promotions company Flamingo Dreamz, which appeared as Kelly's tour promoter in his tweet, has not responded to multiple requests for comment.

Because of allegations of sexual abuse surrounding the singer, Shayne Neumann, the Labor party's shadow minister for immigration and border protection in Australia, suggested his party would support Kelly being denied a visa, according to United Kingdom paper The Independent.

"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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