#RKELLYSTUMMSCHALTEN - No stage for sex offenders

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No stage for sex offenders!

(Trigger warning: this petition addresses pedophilia and sexual violence)

A few days ago, it was announced that RnB singer R. Kelly is scheduled to perform at two concerts in Germany in April. This is a scandal; R. Kelly is accused of possession of child pornography, sex with minors, deprivation of liberty and sexual, physical and emotional abuse from various sides. We want his concerts in Hamburg and Neu-Ulm to be prevented. And you can help us!

Abuse of minors and sex slavery - the allegations against RnB singer R Kelly have accumulated for more than 20 years now. In 1994, at the age of 27, R. Kelly illegally married 15-year-old singer Aaliyah. In 2002, a sextape appeared on which he reportedly urinated in a 14-year-old girl's mouth. Further charges for child pornography followed. In the summer of 2017, it was reported that he supposedly kept women as his sect-like sex slaves.

In January 2019, "Surviving R. Kelly", a six-part documentary series in which several women, including Kelly's ex-wife and two of his ex-girlfriends report on his deprivation of liberty, assault, and sexual abuse, was released. R. Kelly is said to have made underage concert attendants docile since the 90s. In some cases, he supposedly picked up girls directly in front of their high schools with his limousine or in shopping centers.

With over 50 interviews, the documentary "Surviving R. Kelly" paints a picture of how the singer locked up and isolated these young girls from the outside world. Out of consideration for the experiences of the young women who testify against R. Kelly, we abandon detailed accounts of abuse allegations. More information can be found here.

Although R. Kelly repeatedly bypassed a conviction in court, said allegations by eyewitnesses and former employees, as well as by court documents and video recordings are burdensome. How can such a person, against whom such serious accusations are out here, take the stage in Germany unimpededly?

Furthermore, Sony Music announced on the 19th of January that they would be ending their collaboration with the singer, considering the severity of the allegations. Numerous radio stations around the world have banned R. Kelly's music and colleagues like Lady Gaga and Chance the Rapper have also removed their collaborations with Kelly from all streaming platforms. In the US, it is impossible for R. Kelly to play big shows due to protests and recent police investigations.

His last remaining concerts are in Germany, more precisely in Hamburg and now, after contracts for shows in Ludwigsburg and Sindelfingen were renounced by the event halls, also in Neu-Ulm. The Hamburg Concert Hall is operated by the district office Hamburg-Nord, which refuses to terminate the contract with the organizer.

How is it possible that in Germany, of all places, this suspected sexual criminal is given a stage that is supported by public institutions? By allowing this to happen, we are putting out a message to the alleged victims of Kelly and countless other victims of sexual violence that the abuse of minors in Germany is tolerated and even rewarded. In line with the demands of the #MeToo and #MuteRKelly Movement, we demand that sex offenders are given no stage and that R. Kelly's concert dates in Germany will be cancelled!