On Wednesday evening, a crowd of #MuteRKelly protesters gathered outside the embattled artist's studio in the Fulton Market district. The grassroots effort seeks to cancel Kelly's concerts, get his music off the air and hold him accountable for the allegations of abuse.
For about an hour, dozens of women protesters endured freezing temperatures and erupted in cheers of "All the girls, we love you!" and "Black girls matter!" as speakers demanded Kelly be dropped from his record label and collaborators stop working with him.
Glenda Bridges, 55, of Chicago's Austin neighborhood, said she came to the protest with her daughter. They watched the Lifetime documentary series together.
The series features interviews with numerous witnesses and victims who claimed that the studio space doubled as a base for Kelly's alleged sex cult.
"I have been a longtime R. Kelly fan," Bridges said. "Until I saw the series and saw the survivors and realized he needs to be stopped."
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