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Paying to watch R. Kelly smoke a cigar

If you paid to watch R. Kelly perform at Ziggy’s on Sunday night, then you got punk’d:

Tickets to the show, which was billed as “An Intimate Birthday Celebration,” sold for $35 to $55.

Kelly went on stage late, smoking a cigar and drinking alcohol, and sang 15 seconds of his 1994 hit song “Bump ‘N Grind” with the audience accompanying him.
“After making a couple quick comments to the crowd, Kelly sat down — for the duration of the ‘show,’” Nate Saunders, who said he had paid $500 for a VIP table for himself and three friends, wrote in an email. “He didn’t sing one song or even address the crowd again. The crowd was just kind of staring at each other confused.”

…“I really paid to watch R. Kelly drink and smoke his cigar,” Deshawna Sharp wrote on Ziggy’s Facebook page. Those comments were later deleted. Another post, which began “Dear Ziggy’s, last night was awful!,” also disappeared quickly from the site.

Check out Mr. Kelly’s performance below.

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