R. Kelly Fans Were Unable to Positively Identify R. Kelly

A scheduled appearance by R&B superstar R. Kelly in Louisiana on Saturday turned to brief scandal on Monday after fans alleged that the person they saw onstage was not actually Kelly himself.

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It's a mystery a la Murder, She Wrote: a scheduled appearance by R&B superstar R. Kelly in Louisiana on Saturday turned to brief scandal on Monday after fans alleged that the person they saw onstage was not actually Kelly himself. A representative for the performer later told Pitchfork that it was in fact R. Kelly in person on Saturday, but not before local news station KNOE aired a report about it.

In the report, an anonymous tipster claims that she bought tickets to see R. Kelly at a "birthday extravaganza" called Ced's All Black Affair at the Monroe Civic Center, but had to wait hours for him to go onstage. Once the supposed impersonator came on, he lipsynced for four minutes before leaving. She then claims to have seen the impersonator in a restaurant the next day but was blocked from taking pictures.

Then, in an even more bizarre turn of events, Cedric Johnson, the event's organizer, sent KNOE a text message that claimed he had been duped, and he would be offering refunds (the video above differs slightly from the report posted on KNOE's website, which includes the text at right). After the report aired, he then contacted KNOE that though the message came from his phone, he was not the one who sent it.

After the story was posted on Pitchfork, a spokesperson for R. Kelly reached out to say that it had actually been him at the civic center on Saturday night, and explained the brevity by clarifying that it was billed as an appearance, and not a concert.

[Pictured: R. Kelly performs at the 2013 BET Awards]

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