Sony Music has dropped singer R. Kelly from its label following Lifetime’s documentary, which detailed allegations that the singer abused several women, reports Billboard.
Kelly was signed under RCA, a Sony subsidiary. As of Wednesday, he no longer appears on the website, per the report.
After Lifetime aired Surviving R. Kelly, protests calling to ban the singer’s music resurfaced. Musical acts such as Chance the Rapper and Lady Gaga have apologized for working with him, and Gaga and Celine Dion have removed songs, “Do What U Want” and “I’m Your Angel, respectively, from streaming platforms.
Singer John Legend, who called Kelly a “serial child rapist,” said he took part in the docuseries because he knew people who took part in the drive to #MuteRKelly.
“Another reason is that I have good friends that were a part of the Mute R. Kelly movement,” Legend said on Thursday’s episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. “They were literally marching on the streets and they work with rape victims in Chicago. I knew that as a celebrity that I could lend my voice to these people who have been hurt.”
Despite Kelly and Sony Music parting ways, his music is still on streaming services, writes Billboard.
Accusations of sexual misconduct involving young women have surrounded Kelly for decades. He’s been accused of marrying an underage Aaliyah, running a sex cult and starving women; Kelly has denied all allegations against him.
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