R. Kelly ticket sales suffer after cult allegations
Now that R. Kelly has been accused of holding women hostage in a sex cult, his ticket sales are floundering.
The first show on the singer’s After Party Tour was a little on the empty side according to TMZ.
The venue was the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, Virginia which holds 20,000 and it was only about half full of concertgoers.
According to Ticketmaster there are still hundreds of seats up for grabs for his show tonight in Baltimore. That venue only holds 4,400 in the seating area, though there is a lawn section as well.
Now, is this due to the recent allegations that Kelly is holding women in a sex cult? We can’t know for sure but it seems like a good bet.
Kelly denounced the rumors on Twitter on Thursday but that did not do anything to help bolster his ticket sales.
He swears he is not going to let this latest round of rumors get him down.
“Despite all of the crap y’all hearing, I will be coming to the East Coast to do my shows,” he said in the video. “And believe me y’all, it’s a bunch of crap.”
The alleged cult first came to light after Buzzfeed published an article that alleged he was keeping up to six women captive in his Chicago and Atlanta homes.
Multiple sources told reporter Jim DeRogatis that Kelly had been controlling all aspects of the women’s lives. He would tell them what they could wear, how to perform sexually and even when to go to the bathroom.
The parents of one of the girls, Timothy and Jonjelyn Savage claim that Kelly has had his hooks in their 19-year-old- daughter Jocelyn for almost two years. They haven’t seen her in some time but say that the last time they saw her she seemed “brainwashed” and “looked like a prisoner.”
Jocelyn has refuted these claims.