The Time’s Up campaign is taking aim at R. Kelly over allegations that he has sexually abused women.
In an open letter posted on social media and on The Root, the women of color committee within Time’s Up called on various companies to sever ties with Kelly for the “safety and dignity for women of all kinds.”
The committee includes Ava DuVernay, Shonda Rimes and Jurnee Smollett-Bell.
The organization devoted to helping women in the aftermath of sexual abuse issued a statement Monday urging further investigation into Kelly’s behavior. It cites among other examples of alleged abuse: his marriage, which was later annulled, to the late Aaliyah when she was just 15, and child pornography charges against him. Kelly has denied wrongdoing, and he was acquitted in 2008 of the child pornography charges.
Time’s Up is requested action from his label RCA Records and from Apple Music and Spotify, which stream his music.
“… We demand appropriate investigations and inquiries into the allegations of R. Kelly’s abuse made by women of color and their families for over two decades now. And we declare with great vigilance and a united voice to anyone who wants to silence us – their time is up,” the letter stated.
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