YouTube, owned by Alphabet Inc., has taken down R&B musician R. Kelly’s channels, separating itself from the singer who was convicted of sex trafficking last month.
In September, a federal jury found R. Kelly guilty of sex trafficking after prosecutors accused him of using his celebrity for a quarter-century to entice women and underage girls into his orbit for sex.
RKellyTV and RKellyVevo, two of his YouTube channels, have been removed from one of the world’s major video platforms, and the singer will no longer be able to create or own any other YouTube channel, according to a statement released late Monday.
However, his whole song library will be available on YouTube Music, YouTube’s audio-streaming service, as well as videos contributed by other YouTube users.
“We can confirm that we have terminated two channels linked to R. Kelly in accordance with our creator responsibility guidelines,” a YouTube spokesperson told.
“Waiting on you @youtubemusic, and you too @Spotify @AppleMusic @AmazonMusic, etc,” the MuteRKelly campaign, which was launched by two Black women in 2017 to try to get the singer’s music off the radio, said on Twitter.
When asked if they would take comparable action over R Kelly’s music available on their platforms outside of usual US business hours, Spotify, Apple, and Amazon did not immediately comment.
Kelly’s music has virtually vanished from the radio, but it can still be found on streaming services. For years, his famous single “I Believe I Can Fly” was a popular choice for graduation ceremonies.
Kelly faces a mandatory minimum of ten years in jail and a maximum of life in prison when he is sentenced on May 4, 2022.
The singer, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was one of the most well-known people accused of sexual misconduct during the #MeToo movement, which highlighted allegations that had haunted him since the early 2000s.