Disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly announced a tour on Twitter Tuesday, then deleted the tweet. Kelly, who has beenby numerous women, has not said anything else about the supposed tour in Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
Some Twitter users reacted with anger to the tour announcement in light of the serious allegations against the singer. Years of concerns about his conduct with young women were recently reignited by the
The docu-series and the "Mute R. Kelly" movement urged fans toand listening to his music. Lady Gaga removed her song with Kelly from streaming platforms and . The company had long maintained its ties to the singer because he is not currently charged with a crime.
But the scrutiny of the docu-series and growing public pressure do not appear to have fazed Kelly, who has, oftentimes brushing off the allegations.
For his 52nd birthday last month, the singer celebrated at a Chicago club. He also promoted a new single on Twitter January 1. In the tour tweet, the singer posted an image in which he's referred to as "the King of R&B."
The tour tweet was deleted following a backlash from Twitter users who urged fans not to buy concert tickets and criticized the announcement, pointing out the irony that "R. Kelly is going on tour instead of jail." No new criminal charges have been filed against Kelly since the most recent alleged sexual misconduct was brought to light. Several previous cases have been settled out of court. In 2008, he was found not guilty in a trial on child pornography charges.
There is no trace of the tour on the promoter's website and the initial tweet did not list any dates — just that concerts were "coming soon." It is unclear if the tour is actually happening.
In the past, the Australian government has refused visas to people based on certain "character requirements," Australian news site, 10 Daily, reports.
"A person can fail the character test for a number of reasons, including but not limited to where a non-citizen has a substantial criminal record or where their conduct represents a risk to the Australian community," a department spokesperson told 10 Daily last year.