R. Kelly’s European Tour is Falling Apart
R. Kelly’s concert on April 12 at Ratiopharm Arena in Neu-Ulm, Germany has ben canceled, the venue announced today on Facebook. The operator of Alsterdorfer Sporthalle in Hamburg, Germany, where Kelly is scheduled to perform on April 14, told the Associated Press that it hopes to cancel that show, too. Both dates were announced in January, shortly after the release of Lifetime’s explosive documentary Surviving R. Kelly.
Kelly was arrested last week in Cook County, Illinois on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, to which he plead not guilty. As part of his bail agreement, the singer was required to surrender his passport. “We’re in intensive talks with the organizer so that he will finally accept the situation and cancel this concert,” Tom Oelrichs, a representative for the Hamburg venue, told the AP. “It’s obvious that R. Kelly will not be capable of holding his concert in Hamburg or elsewhere outside the U.S.”
R. Kelly is also also scheduled to perform on April 20 at The Box in Amsterdam. Nora Van der Woude, the venue’s co-owner, told the Netherlands news website NL Times that it has asked the promoter who rented the space to cancel the contract. In the meantime, The Box has removed Kelly’s show from its website. The promotional company, J. Noah, has not responded to Spin’s request for comment.
Kelly’s next court date is scheduled for March 22.