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By Damilola Faustino

R. Kelly is blaming “rumors” for the cancellation of a scheduled performance at the University of Illinois at Chicago after students and staff petitioned against his appearance because of sexual misconduct allegations.

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The singer said in a video shared on Twitter: “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.” 

Kelly has been dogged by dozens of allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct over the years, including operating a sexually abusive cult and producing child pornography ― a crime he was acquitted of.

A woman recently accused him of infecting her with an STD. Kelly, a Grammy-winning Chicago native, hinted at legal action over being removed from Love Jam concert, scheduled for May 5 at the university pavilion.

“I’m going to try to get to the bottom line of it, you know, as far as my lawyers are concerned, and see exactly what happened and why I was canceled,” he said.

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