Sony Music and embattled R&B singer R. Kelly have parted ways after nearly 30 years and just weeks after accusations of sexual misconduct against the singer were resurfaced in a high-profile docuseries, according to Billboard.
Kelly has been under contract at Sony for the entirety of his solo career, which began in the 1990s. He has been signed to Sony subsidiary RCA Records since 2012. Kelly’s departure from the label comes just weeks after longstanding accusations of sexual misconduct and assault were examined in the Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly.”
Representatives for Kelly and RCA did not immediately return TheWrap’s request for comment. However, Kelly was no longer listed in the artist section of RCA’s website.
Kelly has been the subject many accusations of sexual misconduct throughout his career, culminating in an explosive BuzzFeed report in 2017 which said that the singer had been holding young women captive in a “sex cult.” Many of the accusations were rehashed in the recent high-profile Lifetime series, featuring interviews from his accusers and former associates. Kelly has denied any wrongdoing.
Calls for Sony to drop Kelly have intensified in the weeks since the series premiered, including protests outside the Sony building in New York and a plane hired to fly over the company’s Los Angeles office with a banner reading “Drop Sexual Predator R. Kelly.”