Time's Up activists look to silence R Kelly

R Kelly.
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#MuteRKelly has set Twitter alight following an open letter by the Time's Up movement.

The letter is penned by women of colour within the movement to their peers.

The women write of how the community of coloured women have had their pain ignored.

"We recognise that we have a responsibility to help right this wrong... Today we join an existing online campaign called #MuteRKelly."

The letter calls for corporations with ties to R Kelly to join the #TimesUp movement.

The five corporations and a venue listed are RCA Records, Ticketmaster, Spotify and Apple Music and Greensboro Coliseum Complex, where R Kelly has a concert at later this month.

R Kelly has sold 60 million albums worldwide over the last 25 years and received hundreds of millions of plays on radio and streaming services.

The letter goes on to list the singer's alleged history of sexual misconduct, which includes illegally marrying singer Aaliyah, a minor at the time at age15 - after which he wrote the song 'Age Ain't Nothing But a Number'.

Kelly has also been sued by at least four women for sexual misconduct, statutory rape and aggravated assault, and been indicted on 21 counts of child pornography, the letter says. 

Celebrities have been joining the hashtag movement to draw attention to the singer's past.

They are demanding investigations into the allegations made against R Kelly over the past two decades.