R. Kelly won't set sail on cruise

R&B star R. Kelly, who in 2011 saw his suburban Chicago mansion fall into foreclosure, had the Internal Revenue Service at his door in June 2012. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, documents held by the Cook County Recorder of Deeds show the recording artist owes the IRS nearly $5 million in unpaid taxes.Kelly owes the money for taxes dating back as far as 2005. He paid $2.6 million in back taxes in 2008 and another $1 million last year, but the records show he still owes the federal government more than $4.8 million. Donna Ward/Getty

R. Kelly performs at at Arise Made In Africa Spring 2012 Designer Collective on Sept. 15, 2011, in New York.
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(CBS News) R. Kelly refuses to set sail.

The R&B singer has pulled out of a cruise ship performance because he says the promoter won't pay him for the gig, reports TMZ.

Read more: R. Kelly owes nearly $5M in taxes

His rep told TMZ, "R. Kelly had been looking forward to the cruise and was ready, willing and able to perform for fans. He is sorry for any disappointment but plans to see his fans very soon on a U.S. tour."

Concerts Cruise LLC told customers about the cancellation and says it will "handle all applicable refunds at point of purchase."

The five-day cruise was scheduled for Oct. 1-6 -- from Miami to the Bahamas.

Kelly was supposed to play two shows during the cruise. Other performers included Walter Jones, Albert Torres, and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra.

This isn't R. Kelly's first cancellation this year. In June, he bowed out of a series of promotional appearances for his new album and memoir due to illness. At the time, a spokesman said the R&B singer was suffering complications from throat surgery.

Kelly recently released his new album, "Write Me Back," along with the memoir, "Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me."

  • CBS News Staff

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