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by Elisha Fieldstadt
A Chicago radio station has declared that it will no longer play R. Kelly's music after a docuseria has brought renewed attention to the accusations of bad sexual conduct against the R & B singer.
LaMont Watts, CEO of Clubsteppin 95.1
"As a leader of a team where women contribute selflessly to a business where the majority of our audience are women … … And listen and see the pain and suffering that is real for so many, effective immediately, we will not play R. Kelly's music anymore, "Watts said in an audio release posted on Facebook.
"While everyone should be granted the right to a fair trial – innocently until proven otherwise – we must protect our women at all times is not wavering or compromised," added Watts.
Watts told the Chicago Sun Times he had heard mixed reactions from listeners, from gratitude to boycott threats.
"The intent of my actions is to support women everywhere, their healing from abuse," Watts wrote in a statement Thursday. "As Christians, we are called to stand up when it is inconvenient or unpopular to do so, even if people do not know it or do not know it".
"Surviving R. Kelly", broadcast last week on Lifetime, includes more than 50 interviews of women who accuse Kelly, 52 years of mental, physical and sexual abuse, as well as interviews with singer members and relatives.
Kelly, who turned 52 on Tuesday, denied everything wrong, and was never convicted. NBC News reached him repeatedly after the airing of docuseries but was only able to talk to his lawyer, Steven Greenberg.
Greenberg told NBC News that he and Kelly "are not worried because he knows he did not" do something wrong ".
In the wake of docuseries, a Chicago attorney asked whoever is accusing abuses of of the singer to contact his office to investigate their claims He said that the families of two alleged victims had already come forward.
Greenberg said Friday: "I think prosecutors will talk to these people and they will determine that they do not there is no merit to these accusations. "the accusations are not demonstrable because they have not happened and they do not intend to waste their time."
Kelly is attributed the partial popularity of Steppin, a dance style born in Chicago with deep ties with black culture, with "Step" In The Name Of Love "and" Steppin & # 39; Into Heaven. "
Clubsteppin has been streaming online since 2003, but became radio when it acquired 95.1 FM last year.