Fans aren’t quite ready to forgive and forget.
R. Kelly’s ticket sales are suffering amid allegations that he’s holding several women against their will in what’s being described as a sex cult.
The opening show on the “Ignition” singer’s After Party Tour was far from sold out, according to TMZ.
In fact, the venue — Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, Va. — was at about 50% capacity hours before the Friday night show, the gossip site reported.
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The arena can hold 20,000.
Ticketmaster shows hundreds of seats still available for Kelly’s July 29 show at Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore. The venue maxes out at 4,400 physical seats and a lawn section.
It’s unclear whether the low ticket sales are a result of the allegations against him.
Kelly, 50, resurfaced on Twitter on Thursday to denounce the rumors, but it seems to have done little to bolster ticket sales.
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In a dark, blurry video he assured fans that he wasn’t going to let the cult drama change his plans.
“Despite all of the crap y’all hearing, I will be coming to the East Coast to do my shows,” he said in the video. “And believe me y’all, it’s a bunch of crap.”
The singer came under fire after Buzzfeed published an article alleging that he had been keeping up to six women hostage in his Chicago and Atlanta homes.
Several sources told reporter Jim DeRogatis that Kelly had been controlling the young women’s lives, telling them what to wear, when to go to the bathroom and what to do sexually.
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Several people spoke out in the article, though none garnered more attention than Timothy and Jonjelyn Savage, identified only as Tim and J. at the time. The parents claim their 19-year-old daughter, Jocelyn Savage, has been living with Kelly for nearly two years.
Although they said they hadn’t seen her since Dec. 1, 2016, the Savages told Buzzfeed that she appeared “brainwashed” and “looked like a prisoner” during their last encounter.
Jocelyn has repeatedly refuted these claims, telling TMZ that her father sent her to live with Kelly and saying her dad is aware of her location — though she hasn’t disclosed her whereabouts publicly
She previously released a video to TMZ in which she claimed she’s “totally fine.”
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