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Time's Up joins call to shut down R. Kelly with #MuteRKelly campaign

The Time's Up campaign is taking aim at R. Kelly over allegations he has sexually abused women 

A group of women of color within the Time's Up movement are joining a call for the music industry to cut their ties to R&B singer R. Kelly. Monday's Time's Up letter was addressed to fellow women of color. 

"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," the letter states, and goes on to note that that this call for action against R. Kelly comes after Bill Cosby was convicted last week of three charges of sexual assault. 

Time's Up cited Cosby's conviction for sexual assault as a step in the right direction but said it was "just a start." 

The social media campaign #MuteRKelly has sought to stop R. Kelly's music from being played and to cancel his concerts, and Time's Up said it is joining that call. 

Last summer, R. Kelly was accused of creating an abusive “sex cult” of very young women, whom he allegedly isolates, brainwashes, and abuses physically and emotionally. R. Kelly has denied such charges. 

R. Kelly was recently dropped from the lineup of the Love Jam concert, due to take place on May 5 at the University of Illinois in his hometown of Chicago. More than 1,300 students and staff at the university signed a petition demanding that the singer be prevented from performing at the college.

He then posted a video to social media in response to his concert being  canceled: 

"I don't know why they canceled the show. I've never heard of a show being canceled because of rumors, but I guess there's a first time for everything ... I'm going to try to get to the bottom line of it, as far as my lawyers are concerned ... It ain't on me." 

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