Minister: no request sent in for R Kelly

  • R. Kelly at his child pornography trial ten years ago at which he was acquitted (File photograph)

No work permit application has been received for controversial entertainer R. Kelly, according to Walton Brown, the Minister of Home Affairs.

According to a ministry statement, Mr Brown “takes very seriously any allegations made continuously over a number of years regarding a person’s character”.

Calls for protest brewed two weeks ago at rumours that the R & B performer, who has been linked to numerous accusations of sexual abuse, would perform on the island later this year.

Mr Brown said this afternoon that in considering the granting of a work permit, the minister was “required to take into consideration the character of the person”.

He added: “I would normally not comment on individual cases but, due to the heightened public concern, I feel compelled to comment in this instance.”

R. Kelly is not facing any criminal charges, but has been persistently entangled in controversy since allegations of sex abuse surfaced in 2002.