Chicago Demonstrators Chant 'Mute R. Kelly' In Wake Of Latest Allegations

Steve Miller
January 09, 2019 - 8:23 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A few dozen people protested R. Kelly Wednesday evening in front of a West Side building he's used as a studio.

The demonstrators chanted phrases like, “Mute R. Kelly” and “Black girls matter,” in reference to women allegedly abused by the R & B singer.

Abria Bell lives in Chicago. She said she wants R. Kelly to pay a price for what she believes he did against women.

"I was a fan," Bell said. “I deleted every piece of song from him. He's done a lot of songwriting, but I deleted all his music off my Apple Music."

The studio is on Justine near Fulton.

The protest in frigid temperatures comes in the wake of news that Georgia prosecutors have opened an investigation following the docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly.” In the show, family members of missing women claim the singer has effectively imprisoned and sexually abused the women, some of whom are underage.

On Tuesday, Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx said she’s disturbed by the allegations in the series. She urged any victims or witnesses to come forward.

Kelly, a Chicago native, was acquitted of child-pornography charges in 2008 in Cook County.

Kelly, through a lawyer, has denied any wrongdoing.