Sony Music, R. Kelly Part Ways

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Sony Music has dropped R&B singer R. Kelly amid a slew of sexual misconduct allegations with underage girls.

Sources close to RCA and its parent company, Sony Music, confirmed to the The Times that Kelly no longer is part of the company's roster.

However he has now been removed from RCA website.

According to Billboard, R. Kelly's existing catalog will remain in the RCA/Sony system. His last release on the label was 2016's holiday album 12 Nights of Christmas.

The move comes two weeks after Lifetime aired the Surviving R. Kelly six-part documentary.

One woman who sued R. Kelly, accusing him of sexual battery, knowingly infecting her with a sexually transmitted disease and false imprisonment, also says he has threatened her.

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After the debut of the documentary series, protests against Mr Kelly ramped up.

Pressure has been mounting for the label to drop the artist since the advent of the #MuteRKelly campaign in the summer of 2017 - decades after allegations of misconduct first surfaced.

Sampson, who first went public with her allegations in a Washington Post article a year ago, reveals she began to feel like she was in love with Kelly, but she was confused about the situation.

Kelly, who has always been one of the most prominent performers in R&B, continues to maintain his innocence, but in the weeks since the documentary began airing, protests - many affiliated with the social media hashtag #MuteRKelly - and calls for the label to sever ties with the singer have intensified. When he was 27, he was married to singer Aaliyah in an illegal marriage when she was just 15.

In 2008, R Kelly stood trial on charges of making a sex tape with an under-age female but was found not guilty.

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