R Kelly song cut from The Goldbergs spin-off amid abuse allegations

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The series premiere of The Goldbergs spin-off, Schooled, is believed to have pulled an R Kelly song used in its pilot episode.

According to TVLine, the pilot that had been screened for critics and the pilot later shown to audiences on ABC were different, after 'I Believe I Can Fly' was apparently taken out of the final cut.

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In the original version, R Kelly's famous track played over scenes featuring Bryan Callen's Coach Mellor and his basketball team, in an apparent nod to classic kids' film Space Jam, which featured the 1997 single.

Although ABC hasn't commented on the song change, the decision is believed to have been made in light of the hard-hitting documentary series Surviving R Kelly, in which several women made sexual abuse allegations against the 52-year-old R&B star.

News of Schooled's omission also comes after Lady Gaga announced she would be removing her collaboration with R Kelly from streaming services such as iTunes.

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Related: R Kelly under investigation following abuse allegations in Surviving R Kelly series

In a lengthy statement, the singer apologised to fans for not addressing the allegations against R Kelly sooner and insisted that she was behind the alleged victims "1,000%".

R Kelly has repeatedly denied all abuse allegations against him, including those made in the Surviving R Kelly miniseries.

Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct. If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.

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