The Fashion Meets Music Festival has removed headliner R. Kelly after public backlash from fans, artists, and sponsors.
The festival, which takes place at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, released a statement on the matter. “We wanted to make sure we heard the Columbus listeners... to make a statement and support the city we live in,” said spokeswoman Melissa Dickson.
The decision came after Columbus-based band Saintseneca removed themselves from the lineup. “We feel his selection as a performer ignores his very serious allegations of sexual violence and assault,” the band released in an online statement.
Other acts at the festival include Michelle Williams, O.A.R., and Cold War Kids. There will be no replacement for Kelly’s spot at the festival.
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