Monday, 8 April 2019

R Kelly sang for just 28 SECONDS at $100-a-ticket Illinois show just hours

R. Kelly gave a 28-second performance and spent about half an hour more hobnobbing with fans who paid $50 to $100 to see him at a club in the Illinois capital of Springfield.

The R&B singer posted a video on his Instagram page hours before the early Sunday performance at the Dirty South Lounge. In the video, Kelly calls on the media to take it easy on him, saying he needs to perform in order to make money amid the sexual abuse case he faces.

TV stations WICS and WRSP report that about 100 people were at the 450-person-capacity club to see Kelly, who arrived at 1:30 a.m. There was a $100 entrance fee, which was lowered to $50 once Kelly arrived.

The Dirty South Lounge is known locally as Mac's Lounge.

 Kelly thanked supporters, sang a line from one of his songs for 28 seconds and spent about 35 minutes taking selfies and conversing with fans.

The stations report that some fans said it wasn't worth the $100 and that they wouldn't pay again. Fans also said they separate the accusations from the "artist."

Before his performance, R. Kelly appeared on a Instagram video where he was seen begging the media to take it easy on him.
'Yo this your boy Kells and I got an event to do tonight in Springfield Illinois, so I want the media to take it easy on me man,' Kelly, 52, said in a video posted to his Instagram account on Saturday.

'This is how I got to get paid for right now,' he continued, explaining his predicament after twice relying on friends to post his bail in recent weeks.

'So I gotta go do this event, and it's a party. So if you see me in the club, with a couple of drinks in my hand, and chilling, please, take it easy. Appreciate it y'all, thanks,' he concluded.
It wasn't immediately clear what event Kelly planned to attend in Springfield.

He had originally been scheduled to perform at Spring Break Jam on Saturday in Springfield, but in January state officials rejected the concert permit application due to safety concerns over protesters.

Illinois Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Denise Albert said at the time the permit had been rejected because of backlash over the Lifetime docuseries, Surviving R Kelly.

The series detailed allegations of sexual abuse by multiple women, allegations which Kelly denies.

In February, Robert Sylvester Kelly was charged with ten counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He has pleaded not guilty and is free on a $1 million bond.

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