In the aftermath of that damning Lifetime docu-series re-exposing years of sexual and physical abuse allegations, R. Kelly is scrambling to salvage what is left of his career (and possibly his dignity). This week, he announced on social media that he is heading overseas to perform in Australia, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka. In the since deleted post, he didn’t announce specific tour dates, only that the tour was coming “soon.” However, it looks like there is a bump in the road.
Billboard reports that Australian lawmakers are looking to deny the disgraced singer/songwriter entry into the country on character grounds. In a statement, senior opposition lawyer Shayne Neumann said, “If the Immigration Minister suspects that a non-citizen does not pass the character test, or there is a risk to the community while they are in Australia, he should use the powers he has under the Migration Act to deny or cancel their visa.”
Kelly has since deleted the posts from his social media, so it looks like the tour may be over before it even began. In addition, the singer is struggling to find a distributor for his just-finished new album since being dropped by Sony/RCA, and the majority of his former collaborators have since denounced him.
Looks like #MuteRKelly has finally worked.