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R. Kelly abuse allegations: Illinois denies permit for concert hosted by R&B singer over security concerns after protests

R. Kelly abuse allegations: Illinois denies permit for concert hosted by R&B singer over security concerns after protests

Extended interview with R. Kelly’s attorney

Illinois officials rejected a permit for a concert to be hosted by R. Kelly in Springfield, citing security concerns following protests outside of the singer’s Chicago studio this week.

Denise Albert, a spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Agriculture, told the Chicago Tribune that the application for the “Spring Break Jam” in April was denied Thursday. Albert said the decision was not in response to the recent airing of a Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly.” 

The singer has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls.

A tip that Kelly was holding two women against their will prompted Chicago police to visit his residence Friday in Chicago’s Trump Tower. Officers interviewed Kelly and the women but found no evidence of wrongdoing.

Earlier this week, his attorney Steve Greenberg told CBS News that “no facts” backed up the allegations of sexual assault.

“I haven’t heard from a prosecutor’s office. I have never heard from an attorney for a victim or an alleged victim. I haven’t heard from anyone because there’s no facts to back up these claims,” Greenberg said.


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