The scores of women who’ve been brave enough to call out their abusers as the #MeToo movement gained momentum have launched a revolution. But the men who’ve backed those victims up by also calling attention to predatory men who aren’t being held accountable for their actions have played an important role, too. And it looks like Jack Antonoff may be one of those allies — though, his recent tweet that said he’s tried to get his label to cut ties with alleged abuser R. Kelly has since been deleted.
Billboard grabbed a screenshot of Jack Antonoff’s tweet from March 28th, which read: “i hope my label drops r kelly. i’ve discussed it with them a number of times.” Both the Fun and Bleachers singer and the R&B artist are signed to RCA.
R. Kelly has been at the center of several sexual abuse allegations over the years.
But more public conversations about sexual misconduct and a handful of recent high-profile accusations against Kelly have prompted even more scrutiny. Last year, BuzzFeed News reported that Kelly was holding women against their will in an abusive sex cult. Rolling Stone then published an interview with one of Kelly’s ex-girlfriends who claimed she was physically, mentally, and sexually abused. This week, the BBC aired a documentary that makes similar claims.
Kelly’s team has yet to comment on the documentary, or Jack Antonoff’s deleted tweet, but Kelly has previously denied all allegations against him. And after the BuzzFeed story broke last year, his lawyer told People: “Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed at the recent revelations attributed to him. Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such allegations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”
Neither RCA nor Jack Antonoff have made any (further) remarks regarding the post or Kelly’s standing with the label, so far, but when they do, we’ll be ready with an update.