R Kelly responds to #MuteRKelly campaign: ‘It’s too late’

Video emerges of the R&B singer toasting a room of men for encouraging him to ‘still continue to do what I do’

‘It’s too late’ ... R Kelly responds to the campaign to discourage people from promoting and consuming his music following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
 ‘It’s too late’ … R Kelly responds to the campaign to discourage people from promoting and listening to his music following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. Photograph: Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP

Video has emerged of R Kelly telling a room of male supporters that attempts to suppress his influence following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct are “too late”.

In the clip, Kelly appears to reference the #MuteRKelly campaign, which is putting pressure on the music industry to stop supporting the R&B singer. Streaming services including Spotify and Apple Music have removed his songs from their curated editorial playlists (although the streaming services still carry his songs in their libraries).

Video emerges of the R&B singer toasting a room of men for encouraging him to ‘still continue to do what I do’‘It’s too late’ … R Kelly responds to the campaign to discourage people from promoting and listening to his music following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

Video has emerged of R Kelly telling a room of male supporters that attempts to suppress his influence following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct are “too late”.

In the clip, Kelly appears to reference the #MuteRKelly campaign, which is putting pressure on the music industry to stop supporting the R&B singer. Streaming services including Spotify and Apple Music have removed his songs from their curated editorial playlists (although the streaming services still carry his songs in their libraries).

“They should have did this shit 30 years ago,” Kelly said while smoking a cigar and holding a glass. “I’ve got a million mother******** hating me, and 40 billion mother******** loving me,” he said, to appreciative sounds from the room.

The available footage of Kelly’s speech concludes with him proposing “a toast to all the strong motherfuckers in here right now. Mother******** like you is why I still continue to do, because I have a basketball mentality. As long as I got the ball, the world is on defence.”

The video first appeared on Facebook Live on 18 May, Spin magazine reports. The full clip appears to have been removed from Facebook.

Allegations that Kelly coerces women into having sex with him are growing in number. He faces a new lawsuit from Faith Rodgers, who alleges that the singer abused her “mentally, sexually and verbally”, filming her against her will in “deviant and compromising sexual contact”. She also alleges that the first time they had sex it was “non-permissive, painful and abusive”, and that he infected her with herpes without her knowledge.

Kelly is yet to respond to these specific charges. He has consistently denied any wrongdoing, most recently calling the string of allegations, and the subsequent backlash from the Time’s Up movement, “a greedy, conscious and malicious conspiracy to demean him, his family and the women with whom he spends his time”.The video first appeared on Facebook Live on 18 May, Spin magazine reports. The full clip appears to have been removed from Facebook

Allegations that Kelly coerces women into having sex with him are growing in number. He faces a new lawsuit from Faith Rodgers, who alleges that the singer abused her “mentally, sexually and verbally”, filming her against her will in “deviant and compromising sexual contact”. She also alleges that the first time they had sex it was “non-permissive, painful and abusive”, and that he infected her with herpes without her knowledge.