ARTIST R KELLY’S management has lashed out at a campaign for music businesses to boycott him over his alleged treatment of women and girls, denouncing it as a “Public lynching”.

“We fully support the rights of women to be empowered and make their own choices,” his management said in a statement late last night.

Since America was born, black men and women have been lynched for having sex or being accused of it.

“We will vigorously resist this attempted public lynching of a black man who has made extraordinary contributions to our culture,” it said.

The Women of Colour division of the Time’s Up movement had called on Kelly’s record label, streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music, and concert venues to drop the 51-year-old star.

Last year, BuzzFeed News reported that Kelly was holding six women in virtual slavery with power over their clothing, diet and sexual encounters.