Germany was the one place in the world where R. Kelly had a sold-out show. However, after he was arrested Friday, that show has been canceled.
A concert venue in Neu-Ulm, Germany wrote on Facebook, “Regarding the new and objective facts, we have decided to cancel the contract.” The show was scheduled for April 12. “We regret the fans’ understandable disappointment and ask them to turn to the tour’s organizer” regarding possible reimbursement of their tickets, Ratiopharm Arena wrote.
The show was selling so well that April 12th that organizers transferred the show from the 7,200-person MHP Arena in Ludwigsburg to the 9,000-capacity Ratiopharm Arena. Back on Feb. 6, the venue defended the Kelly show on Facebook, “Everyone (in particular: every woman) has the right to personally evaluate the allegations in the room, to form an opinion about R. Kelly and to freely express one’s own opinion – artistically as well as personally, positively as well as negatively, freedom of expression is a high good, and there are at least very serious allegations in the room.”
The venue added, “Anyone who personally considers that the presumption of innocence that is valid in the rule of law – for good reasons – is obsolete and that feels called upon to take the place of the rule of law as an instance of social ostracism, is called upon to show caution and restraint. We certainly do not want to presume this competence. This was the ultimate motivation behind our decision, which we did not make easy.”
Kelly posted the $100,000 for his bond on Monday afternoon. He also pleaded not guilty to all of the 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse he was facing for his alleged crimes against four female accusers.
Attorney Michael Avenatti recently gave a video to Cook County prosecutors, which could be where Friday’s charges stemmed from. He tweeted Monday morning that he would be giving another video purportedly of Kelly “engaged in sexual assault of a minor.”
The lawyer previously said he was hired last April in connection to multiple allegations of Kelly sexually assaulting minors. He claimed to have a 45-minute VHS tape as evidence, which, despite its similarities, was not the same video that got Kelly indicted in 2002 — and acquitted in 2008 — for child porn.