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R Kelly blames the media for using "sexual misconduct allegations to destroy my legacy”


R Kelly has issued a statement to address the current sexual misconduct allegations made against him, in it, he claims the media has “manipulated these false allegations” in an “attempt to distort my character”.

Fresh allegations claimed that the 51-year-old singer “knowingly and intentionally infected” a 19-year-old woman with an STD. On top of that, Far Out Magazine recently reported the claims laid out R Kelly groomed a 14-year-old girl to be his “fucking pet” and ordered her to crawl around and perform oral sex on him and others on request. The latest allegations are just another in a string of claims made by ex-girlfriends and others close to the singer.

In a new statement, shared by The Associated Press, Kelly claims to be “heartbroken” by the recent allegations made against him and then went on to describe himself as “a God-fearing man, a son, a brother, and most importantly a father.”

Diverting attention away from himself, Kelly claims that the “perpetuated… dissected and manipulated these false allegations” in an “attempt to distort my character and to destroy my legacy that I have worked so hard to build.”

Amid all the speculation, Kelly has been dropped by representatives following more harrowing sexual assault allegations and seen one of his shows in Chicago cancelled.

The R&B singer has apparently seen his lawyer, publicist and assistant walk away following the severity of the sexual assault allegations outlined on a new and disturbing BBC Three documentary.

A separate statement issued by Kelly’s management earlier this week, they went on to say that he has become “the target of a greedy, conscious and malicious conspiracy to demean him, his family and the women with whom he spends his time.”

“Since America was born, black men and women have been lynched for having sex or for being accused of it,” the statement continued. “We will vigorously resist this attempted public lynching of a black man who has made extraordinary contributions to our culture.”