Time’s Up takes aim at R. Kelly

(CNN)R. Kelly began trending on social media after Bill Cosby was found guilty last week, with some theorizing the R&B singer could be the next celebrity to be held accountable for alleged sexual misconduct.


“Bill Cosby was found guilty on 3 counts of sexual assault today,” one person tweeted. “R. Kelly is up next on the chopping block,” just one of many online posts calling out the singer.
Now the Women of Color (WOC) group within the Time’s Up movement is calling on the entertainment industry to cut ties with Kelly, who has long been the subject of allegations of sexual abuse and the mistreatment of women and underaged girls.
In 2002, Kelly was indicted on child pornography charges for allegedly videotaping himself having sex with an unidentified underage girl. The case went to trial in 2008 and he was acquitted.
In 2017, a 24-year-old woman alleged she had a sexual relationship with Kelly when she was a teen. Kelly denied the accusation and no criminal charges were filed.
Kelly has been embroiled in controversy since an explosive Buzzfeed article last summer claimed the singer is holding a group of adult women against their will as part of what some of their parents say is a “cult.”
Kelly has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
On Monday, the WOC group withing Time’s Up posted an open letter about Kelly. The letter begins, “To Our Fellow Women of Color: We see you. We hear you. Because we are you.”