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Tulsa radio stations pull R. Kelly's music in support of abuse victims

Tulsa radio stations pull R. Kelly's music in support of abuse victims

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- The "Mute R. Kelly" movement has made its way to Tulsa.

Perry Broadcasting banned the artist from playing on two of its Tulsa stations -- 105.3 and 99.1.

It comes after a new documentary makes allegations of sexual misconduct involving several women and underage girls.

"I don't want to play this anymore, knowing what I know," said Ali Shaw, on-air personality for 105.3.

Shaw said she personally knows the pain R. Kelly's victims are feeling.

"I was a victim of sexual child abuse when I was five," said Shaw.

When she found out about what the victims said they suffered, she knew she wouldn't play his music anymore.

"To see what these... young women and ladies were going through, and thinking, 'What if they had been my daughter?'... It took me a while to get through it," said Shaw.

"We took them out of rotation and deleted them out of our computer," explained Assistant Program Director Aaron Bernard for 105.3 and 99.1. "It's a sense of morality to say enough is enough. Eventually, things catch up to people, and eventually, you're going to have to make some kind of stand for what's been going on."

Bernard said this isn't just about R. Kelly but anyone who's been abused.

"I think with the MeToo movement that's happened, a lot of things are coming to light, and he is just one of those people that has gotten caught up in that," said Bernard.

Both Shaw and Bernard said they're glad to play a little part in making sure there's some justice.

"There's more to be done. There's more work to be done, but this is a first step," said Bernard.

An attorney for R. Kelly said the R&B star denies all the allegations against him.

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