The R&B singer Robert Sylvester Kelly gave a 28-second performance and spent about half an hour more hobnobbing with fans who paid $50 to $100 to see him at a club in the Illinois capital of Springfield before asked media to take it easy on him.
Kelly posted a video on his Instagram page hours before the early Sunday performance at the Dirty South Lounge. In the video, Kelly calls on the media to take it easy on him, saying he needs to perform in order to make money amid the sexual abuse case he faces.
Kelly thanked supporters, sang a line from one of his songs for 28 seconds and spent about 35 minutes taking selfies and conversing with fans.
The stations report that some fans said it wasn’t worth the $100 and that they wouldn’t pay again. Fans also said they separate the accusations from the “artist. “Kelly has allegedly been sexually abusing young women and teens for years, and has suffered no real consequences until just recently.
In February, R. kelly was charged with ten counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He has pleaded not guilty and is free on a $1 million bond.
Kelly’s attorney accused the state’s attorney of succumbing to pressure from attorney Michael Avenatti in bringing sex-abuse charges against the R&B singer, saying his involvement has irreparably tainted the case.