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R. Kelly’s upcoming tour of Australia appears to be doomed for failure, only hours after it was first alluded to.
Announced by Big Music Tour, these shows were set to kick off on Friday, February 8th, and would have been Kelly’s first shows in the country. However, R. Kelly soon disputed these dates, explaining that they were fake, but noted to the fact that something was on the horizon.
The documentary provided an in-depth look at the accusations made against the controversial artist, including such claims that he has had sex with underage girls, has physically abused numerous women, and even ran a “sex cult” from his Chicago home.
While the very notion of an Aussie tour seems a bit optimistic on Kelly’s part, statements from Aussie politicians began to cast doubt on whether he would even be allowed in the country.
Check out R. Kelly’s since-deleted tour announcement:
As The Guardian reported, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Shayne Neumann noted that, “Labor strongly supports the refusal or cancellation of visas of non-citizens on character or criminal grounds.”
“Labor would be seriously concerned if immigration minister David Coleman would allow an individual such as R Kelly into Australia,” he continued.
“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.”
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Department of Home Affairs explained in general terms that, “All non-citizens entering Australia must meet, and continue to meet, the character requirements set out in the Migration Act 1958 (the Act).”
“There are strong provisions under the Act to refuse or cancel a visa where a person is found not to be of good character.”
While R. Kelly is facing backlash from not only Australian music fans but the Australian government, it also turns out that this might be the least of his problems.
Taking to Facebook earlier this evening, Aussie music journalist Mike Hohnen posted an extensive rundown of his research into the R. Kelly tour fiasco.
While Hohnen noted that the initial tour announced in 2018 seemed sketchy at first, attempts on his part to contact the venues listed on the announcement revealed that none had actually ever been confirmed to host the shows at all.
After discovering Big Music Tours was reportedly registered to a Western Sydney individual in his early 20s, the individual requested a large sum for a “tell all” interview, with all mention of the tour vanishing soon afterwards.
According to Mike Hohnen, upon discovering the names of individuals behind SinCity Group (and presumably Flamingo Dreamz), these details were then relayed to R. Kelly’s booking agency, only hours before the initial tour announcement Tweet was abruptly deleted by R. Kelly.
At this stage, no further information has come forward about R. Kelly’s tour, including whether or not the yet-to-be-announced dates are still in fact yet-to-be-announced or not.
Whatever the case, it seems that any efforts for the controversial artist to tour the country will be something of an uphill battle.