R Kelly Pulls Out Of Festival After Protests
R Kelly has cancelled a performance at a US music festival after sponsors and bands pulled out amid concern over allegations about his past.
The singer was due to appear at Ohio's Fashion Meets Music Festival on August 29 but released a joint statement with the event explaining why he has decided to pull out.
"Fashion Meets Music Festival and headlining artist R Kelly have come to the mutual decision to cancel Kelly's upcoming performance at the inaugural Fashion Meets Music Festival," the statement said.
The singer's representative added: "R Kelly is sorry to disappoint his fans, but looks forward to seeing them in the near future during one of his upcoming tours."
Folk band Saintseneca said they were "disappointed" by the decision to book Kelly and withdrew from the festival.
They wrote on their website: "We feel his selection as a performer ignores his very serious allegations of sexual violence and assault. We feel it is an affront to all survivors, who are already often overlooked and forgotten in our society."
Kelly was tried and acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008.
Local radio station WCBE 90.5 FM also backed out.
General manager Dan Mushalko said the decision was influenced both by the opinions of listeners and those of Columbus City Schools, who hold their license.
Kelly is not being replaced at the event which will see former Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams, OAR, Rusko and Future Islands perform.
The Ignition singer caused controversy with Lady Gaga earlier this year when a music video for her song Do What U Want was leaked online.
The video showed Kelly playing the role of a doctor who "does what he wants" with her while she is passed out but was reportedly scrapped because of its sexual content.