YouTube drops R&B singer R. Kelly’s official channels

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Oct 5 (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) YouTube mentioned it has eliminated R&B singer R. Kelly’s channels from its video platform, distancing itself from the singer who was convicted of intercourse trafficking final month.

R. Kelly was convicted by a federal jury in September in his intercourse trafficking trial, the place prosecutors accused the singer of exploiting his stardom over a quarter-century to lure ladies and underage ladies into his orbit for intercourse. learn extra

Two of his channels, RKellyTV and RKellyVevo, have been faraway from one of many world’s largest video platforms and the singer will not have the ability to create or personal some other YouTube channel, YouTube mentioned in an announcement despatched late on Monday, following Reuters’ request for remark.

The catalog of his music will nonetheless be out there on YouTube Music, YouTube’s audio-streaming service, and the movies uploaded by different YouTube customers will proceed to be out there.

“We can confirm that we have terminated two channels linked to R. Kelly in accordance with our creator responsibility guidelines,” a YouTube spokesperson informed Reuters in an announcement.

The MuteRKelly marketing campaign, based by two Black ladies in 2017 to attempt to take away the singer’s music from the air waves, said on Twitter, “Waiting on you @youtubemusic, and you too @Spotify @AppleMusic @AmazonMusic, etc.”

Contacted outdoors of normal U.S. enterprise hours, Spotify, Apple and Amazon didn’t instantly reply to requests from Reuters searching for touch upon whether or not they can be taking related motion over R Kelly’s music out there on their platforms.

Kelly’s music has largely disappeared from radio however continues to be out there on streaming platforms. His hit document “I Believe I Can Fly” was for years a preferred selection at commencement ceremonies.

Kelly faces a compulsory minimal of 10 years behind bars, and will withstand life in jail at his May 4, 2022, sentencing.

The singer, whose full identify is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is likely one of the most distinguished individuals tried on intercourse fees in the course of the #MeToo motion, which amplified accusations that had dogged him because the early 2000s.

Reporting by Jahnavi Nidumolu and Aakriti Bhalla in Bengaluru; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore

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