R Kelly has been ‘dropped by his record label’

R Kelly has been ‘dropped by his record label’

R Kelly has been ‘dropped by his record label’

R. Kelly is no longer working with Sony Music, according to multiple reports.

The ongoing drama swirling around the singer sparked a movement to "mute" Kelly previous year and it now appears bosses at Sony Music have responded by reportedly discontinuing their professional relationship with him.

"After years of profiting from R. Kelly, despite their knowledge of [allegations of] sexual abuse of black girls, Sony's RCA is finally acting", Arisha Hatch, managing director of campaigns at racial justice organization Color of Change, said in a statement on Friday. Kelly has been involved in many different sexual scandals, including when he was first arrested in 2002 for his involvement in a child pornography tape.

Mr Kelly has repeatedly denied all allegations of misconduct. His albums sold well, and hit songs like "Ignition (Remix)" were heavily featured at parties and on the radio.

But he was acquitted of all charges in 2008 and continued to make music. The singer signed to Jive Records in 1991. That label was folded by Sony Music into RCA in 2011. "This victory belongs to the survivors of his abuse - their fearless testimonies played a critical role in pushing RCA to drop R. Kelly". She met him while she was an intern at Epic Records, another label owned by Sony Music Entertainment.

Allegations against Mr Kelly have been around for over a decade. He also claimed that multiple other labels are "very interested" in adding Kelly to their roster.

Investigators in Georgia reportedly contacted women and families of those accusing Mr Kelly in the series after it went to air.

The R&B star's longtime record label did not immediately return CBS MoneyWatch's request for comment.

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