R. Kelly is going to require much more than a controversial Lifetime docuseries to turn hardcore fans away.
The “World’s Greatest” singer recently made a scheduled appearance at the popular nightclub V75 and less than an hour after it opened the club was so packed that they had to turn people away.
R. Kelly, who is facing increased scrutiny over allegations of a range of misconduct, sold out a Chicago nightclub for his birthday bash with “women going nuts” over the crooner, according to reports.
New footage emerged showing the American artist, clad in a fur coat, red hat and sunglasses, surrounded by admiring fans and smoking a cigar before taking the microphone and giving what looks like an impromptu performance.
According to reports, the club was filled to capacity with many R Kelly’s fans who were hoping to show support to him after the devastating allegations in the Lifetime documentary. While he didn’t perform outright, he lip synched along with many of his songs.
Kelly’s public appearance came at a time when he is facing increased scrutiny over allegations of mental, physical and sexual abuse highlighted in a new television series.
The six-part series “Surviving R. Kelly,” which describes decades of Kelly’s alleged misconduct, aired last week on Lifetime. It features multiple women who have accused Kelly of sexual, mental, and physical abuse and includes interviews with Kelly’s brothers, the founder of the #MeToo movement, talk-show host Wendy Williams and singer John Legend.
The “Ignition” singer, whose given name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, has repeatedly denied all the allegations against him, including engaging in sexual misconduct, even detailing the claims in a song released last year.
The embattled entertainer has long been accused of behavior that has ranged from questionable to potentially criminal. He was accused of child pornography after a widely circulated videotape appeared to show him having sex with, and urinating on, a teenage girl. He was acquitted of all charges in 2008.