R. Kelly's Fashion Meets Music Festival concert canceled due to protests

By Gina DiFalco,

R. Kelly was scheduled to perform at Columbus, Ohio’s Fashion Meets Music Festival over Labor Day weekend, but the performance has been canceled due to protests.

In a statement, the festival's communications director, Melissa Dickson, said it was the singer’s “reputation” that started the protests.

Kelly’s reputation includes accusations of having sexual relations with minors, although he was acquitted of 14 charges of making child pornography in 2008.

"The people of Columbus didn't feel that R. Kelly's reputation was reflective of their community, and took to social media to adamantly express their opinions. FMMF heard their concerns and took action," Dickson said in a statement, CNN reports.

The singer’s rep has responded, telling USA Today he’s “sorry to disappoint his fans but looks forward to seeing them in the near future during one of his upcoming tours."

Residents of Columbus have responded via the festival’s Facebook page. Artists who will continue to perform include Cold War Kids, O.A.R., Michelle Williams, Rusko, Future Islands, The Menzingers and Maps & Atlases.

image via Jennifer Graylock/INFphoto.com

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