Hulu is prepping a documentary about the singer's long history of alleged sexual abuse.
R. Kelly will play one of his most highest visibility gigs in years on Sept. 15 when he brings his Memory Lane tour to New York's Madison Square Garden Hulu Theater. The singer, who continues to be dogged by allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct from a number of women, announced the date on Twitter on Friday (Aug. 10) that he would be performing in the city.
Kelly has continued to play shows amid the flood of allegations, which include claims that he "trained" a then 16 year-old woman to please him sexually, sexually abused two other women beginning when they were teenagers, is holding several young women as part of what's been described as an abusive "sex cult," failed to disclose a sexually transmitted infection to a woman who said he initiated "unwanted sexual contact" with and allegedly abused his ex-wife during their 13-year marriage.
The choice of venue is curious, given that streaming service Hulu is currently developing a documentary about the raft of sexual abuse allegations based on the reporting of music writer Jim DeRogatis. Hulu bought the naming rights to the 5,600-capacity MSG theater in March.
Kelly's tour has been dogged by protests from an online group calling itself #MuteRKelly, which has been applying pressure on Kelly's label to drop him. Earlier this year, a Pre-Mother's Day Love Jam show at the University of Illinois in Chicago's Pavilion was canceled following protests from the Mute campaign and the Women of Color branch of the Time's Up Movement.
Kelly's touring schedule has continued to thin out recently, with only one other show currently slated for Friday (Aug. 17) at the Family Arena in Saint Charles, Missouri. While Kelly has denied the allegations, in July he released the 19-minute single "I Admit," which appears to address the numerous claims while lashing out at his long list of detrators.