R. Kelly is reportedly struggling to sell out dates on his After Party Tour after recent allegations of a reported sex cult have emerged.
According to editors at TMZ, the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer played to a half-empty venue on the opening night of his tour in Virginia on Friday night.
The 20,000 capacity venue reportedly looked empty, with many seats left unoccupied after only a fraction of music fans turned out for the concert.
A Ticketmaster seat map obtained by TMZ of sales for the singer’s forthcoming concert at Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore highlighted the fact there were plenty of empty seats still up for grabs for the show on Saturday.
The smaller sized venue can seat 4,400 music fans, with others being able to enjoy the show on the lawn section.
It’s unclear whether the poor ticket sales are due to the recent allegations or whether music fans are simply just not interested in buying tickets.
Earlier this month, editors at BuzzFeed News published a report which stated that two sets of parents and three former members of his inner circle had accused Kelly, 50, of manipulating six women living in properties he rented in Atlanta, Georgia and Chicago, Illinois, and he had forced them into an alleged sex “cult.”
Kelly denied the claims and posted a video, in which he addressed the drama ahead of the show on Friday night. “I just want to let all of my fans out there know that despite all of the crap y’all hearing, I will be coming to the East Coast to do my show. And believe me, y’all, it’s a bunch of crap,” the singer said.
According to BuzzFeed editors police officers in Atlanta and Chicago have performed welfare checks on Kelly’s rented properties, and found nothing to warrant further investigation.