Sony Music drops R. Kelly after furor over sexual abuse allegations

Sony Music drops R. Kelly after furor over sexual abuse allegations

As of January 18, R. Kelly's name had been removed from the roster page of the official RCA site. On Friday, it was reported by Billboard that Kelly and the label had parted ways.

Sony music and R. Kelly have reportedly chose to part ways after working together for years amid the numerous sexual assault allegations against the singer.

Kelly signed to the Jive label in the 1990s; when Jive was later swallowed by Sony BMG, Kelly then became part of the Sony roster of talent, and has been under contract since 2012 to RCA, a subsidiary of Sony.

However, Billboard reported earlier today that his name was effectively removed from the RCA website. His last release on the label was 2016's holiday album 12 Nights of Christmas.

In wake of recently released documentary, Surviving Kelly, Sony Music and R. Kelly have agreed on a split after decades of being in business.




In 2018, multiple reports of Kelly holding women captive in a "sex cult" were published. ET has reached out to reps for Kelly and Sony for comment. Executive produced by dream hampton, the doc interviewed women who have accused the singer of sexual misconduct and pedophilia. The group had earlier this week protested at the label's NY offices.

Kelly's relationship with the label dates back more than 25 years.

Months later in May, Spotify stopped promoting the work of the R&B singer. Most infamously, Kelly was charged with child pornography in 2000 after a video surfaced that purported to show him having sex with an underage woman (Kelly was cleared in 2008 after that woman declined to testify against him).

It was alleged that Kelly married singer Aaliyah in 1994, when she was 15 years old.

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