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By Elisha Fieldstadt
A Chicago radio station has said that it will stop playing R. Kelly's music after a lecturer discusses the sexual abuse allegations against the R & B-Singer Recalled
LaMont Watts, the CEO of Clubsteppin 95.1
"As the leader of a team in which women selflessly contribute in a company where much of our audience is women … and to hear and see what pain and suffering are so effective for so many people." We're not going to play R. Kelly's music right now, "Watts said in an audio statement posted on Facebook." Although everyone has their right to a due process – innocent until proven guilty – we have to get ours Women protect us at all times when we have "watts or compromises," added Watts.
Watts told the Chicago Sun Times that he has heard mixed reactions from listeners, from gratitude to boycott threats.
"The purpose of my actions is to support women everywhere through their healing through abuse," Watts wrote in a statement on Thursday. "As Christians we are called to stand when it is uncomfortable or unpopular, even if people do not want or do not know if they want to stand for themselves."
"The Survival of R. Kelly," which was last aired on Week on Lifetime, includes more than 50 interviews with women accusing Kelly (52) of mental, physical, and sexual abuse, as well as interviewing colleagues and relatives of the singer.
Kelly, who turned 52 on Tuesday, has denied all wrongdoing and was never convicted. NBC News has contacted him several times since the document was aired, but was only able to speak with his lawyer Steven Greenberg.
Greenberg told NBC News on Friday that he and Kelly "do not worry because he knows he did not do anything wrong."
In the wake of the Docuseries, a Chicago prosecutor called in the area Anyone claiming abuse by the singer will contact their office to investigate their claims. She said families of two alleged victims had already occurred.
Greenberg said on Friday, "I think prosecutors are going to talk to these people and they'll find that these allegations are not preferable." There are no demonstrable allegations because they did not happen. And they will not waste time. "
Kelly becomes the partial popularization of Steppin, a Chicago-born dance style with deep links to black culture, with" Step In The Name Of Love "and" Steppin & # 39; Into Heaven.
Clubsteppin has been streaming online since 2003, but has expanded to 95.1 FM since last year.