Sony Music drops R. Kelly following sexual, physical abuse allegations

Sony Music drops R. Kelly following sexual, physical abuse allegations

The two parties reportedly settled out of court for $250,000 in 2002, but his lawyer tells NBC News the alleged relationship "didn't happen".

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

When music followers went to R. Kelly's page on RCA's website Friday morning, an "Error 404 - Page Not Found!" appeared on the screen. Streaming services stopped promoting him past year, and artists such as Celine Dion and Lady Gaga have been removing songs where they collaborated with the singer.

It said Kelly's catalog would remain with RCA. The New York Times claims he has sold 32 million albums for the label in the U.S. Kelly's most recent releases have been posted online without the label's involvement.

The move follows the airing of the documentary "Surviving R. Kelly" and protests against the singer outside the Sony building. Representatives for Sony didn't respond to requests for comment from Bloomberg, and R Kelly couldn't immediately be reached. A new album has been in the works; now it will not be on the imprint.

Kelly maintains his innocence against all allegations against him. "What I am hearing about the allegations against R. Kelly is absolutely horrifying and indefensible".

Spotify announced in May it would drop the singer from its curated "playlists".

Kelly's behaviour has been scrutinised for many years, and in 2008 he was acquitted of child pornography charges.

The six-part series featured interviews with multiple women who each detailed similar accounts of sexual and physical abuse allegedly perpetrated by Kelly.

R Kelly also attempted to marry the late R&B singer Aaliyah when she was 15 and he was 27.

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