Sony Music is terminating its relationship with the accused RnB singer R Kelly.
According to The Guardian, RCA Records, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment, is allegedly done working with the singer in the wake of the damning documentary Surviving R. Kelly. In the docu-series, multiple women accuse him of sexual abuse, allegations that have followed him for decades.
The documentary prompted protests online and outside Sony’s New York headquarters earlier this week. It also follows major names, including Lady Gaga, Chance the Rapper and Celine Dion, choosing to remove their duets with the singer from streaming platforms.
Born Robert Kelly but popularly referred to as the King of RnB, has been the subject of sexual abuse allegations for more than 20 years. Kelly has only appeared before a judge once, in 2008, when he was accused of making child abuse images by filming sexual encounters, including one in which he allegedly urinated over an underage girl. A jury couldn’t identify the man or the girl in the video without doubt, and Kelly was acquitted.
After the Lifetime series ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ aired, fresh investigations were launched in both Chicago and Atlanta, with prosecutors appealing for new information.
On the other hand, Kelly’s lawyer Steve Greenberg called the documentary “another round of stories” that were created “to fill reality TV time.”Kelly and Sony Music have both yet to release an official statement.