R Kelly's Australian tour abandoned

R&B singer R Kelly's planned Australian tour has been dropped amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
R&B singer R Kelly's planned Australian tour has been dropped amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Controversial American singer R Kelly's planned Australian tour has been abandoned in the wake of a fresh row over sexual abuse allegations against him.

Promoters Big Music Tour had announced concerts by Kelly in February in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney before he headed to New Zealand.

But there was confusion about the tour after Kelly said on social media that the promoter's announcement was "fake" and he knew nothing about it.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported the promoter saying contracts were in place with Kelly and his management for an Australian tour, but it had ended discussions after the airing of the documentary Surviving R Kelly which featured his alleged victims of sexual abuse.

Kelly denies all allegations of wrongdoing.

But Big Music said given the controversy surrounding the artist they had "decided not to move forward and are focusing on other events".

No tickets had been sold for the Kelly concerts because of the confused situation with the artist's management.

Australian Associated Press