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R. Kelly Impersonator Allegedly Takes Singer’s Place During Louisiana Gig

Written by Sarah Bella on October 29, 2013

A hoarde of angry R. Kelly fans are demanding a refund, after paying $150 a ticket to see the 46-year-old singer-songwriter play at the Monroe Civic Center in Louisiana last weekend and instead reportedly getting an impersonator called R. Jelly.

The gig was touted as a Black Panties Promo Party, ahead of the release of Kelly’s upcoming twelfth studio album, Black Panties, but crowd members claim they only got an imposter, referred to as ‘R. Jelly’ by bossip.com, who lip synced a few tracks before being booed off stage. Promoter Cedric Johnson initially told KNOE 8 News that he was ‘duped’ and promised fans their money back, but punters says the real deal was never going to show, despite his advertised appearance.

“We was scammed because 10 o’clock we was there, no R. Kelly. 11 o’clock: no R. Kelly, 12 o’clock: no R. Kelly, 12:45: no R. Kelly. 1 o’clock, here comes an impersonator,” said one woman. “The advertisement online through Ticketmaster said that it was a Ced’s All Black Affair and R. Kelly performing live, which did not happen last night,” said another.

And to add insult to injury, Johnson is now claiming his original offer of a refund was not sent by him, with his publicist telling 3AM, “The promoter issued a statement a short bit ago reaffirming this was always billed as a birthday bash with an “appearance” by R. Kelly. No mention ever of a concert. He was there, that is him.”

And now the plot has thickened, with R. Kelly’s people telling Pitchfork that it wasn’t an impersonator but the genuine article, leading to suggestions that the performer pulled an MF DOOM and simply sent a double to do the gig for him.

This all smells like a whole bunch o’ future legal drama, although we’re still trying to get our heads around the fact that there’s a guy making a living as an R. Kelly impersonator. As Destiny’s Child might say, “I don’t think we’re ready for R. Jelly.”

Watch: Angry R. Kelly fans demand a refund

(via Consequence Of Sound)

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