According to news reports, the singer’s sexual misconduct dates back to 1994.

R&B singer R Kelly – who is currently facing multiple accusations of sexual abuse – has announced a tour of Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, prompting concern from members of the public.

The Grammy-winner posted a now-deleted tweet which read, “NEW TOUR ALERT” on Tuesday, revealing his plans to perform down under.

No dates were given and the poster announcing the news said, “coming soon”.

The reaction to Kelly's announcement was mixed, with supporters expressing joy at the news that his music is getting some airtime and adversaries claiming that he should be vilified. 

It comes weeks after documentary 'Surviving R Kelly' aired in the US, featuring several women accusing him of sexual assault. A lawyer for Kelly denied all accusations.

This overseas tour would not be the first time Kelly has performed since the Lifetime series was released in January.

He performed an a cappella rendition of his 1994 hit "Bump n' Grind" during his birthday celebration at a Chicago nightclub on 8 January and is scheduled to perform two shows in Germany in April.

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