YouTube Removes R. Kelly Channel After Sex Crime Conviction

R&B singer R. Kelly’s two YouTube channels have been taken down after he was found guilty of sex crimes last week.

RKellyTV and RKellyVevo, two of the singer’s YouTube channels, have been terminated, and he will no longer be permitted to create or own any other YouTube channel, according to YouTube.

His entire song catalog will remain available on YouTube Music, YouTube’s audio-streaming service, as well as videos produced by other YouTube users.

“We can confirm that we have canceled two channels associated to R. Kelly in compliance with our creator responsibility guidelines,” a YouTube spokeswoman told Reuters.

“Egregious crimes done by R. Kelly merit consequences beyond routine enforcement procedures owing to a risk for widespread harm,” YouTube VP of legal Nicole Alston said in a memo.

“At the end of the day, we’re taking this action to safeguard our users in the same way that other platforms do.”

Following decades of people coming forward to accuse him of sex crimes, Kelly was found guilty on September 27 in federal court in New York of directing a scheme to recruit women and girls for sex.

Following decades of people coming forward to accuse him of sex crimes, Kelly was found guilty on September 27 in federal court in New York of directing a scheme to recruit women and girls for sex.

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. At his sentence on May 4, 2022, he faces a mandatory minimum of ten years in jail and a maximum of life in prison.

After months of criticism, Kelly’s longstanding company, Sony Music’s RCA Records, broke relations with him in January 2019. However, the label owns practically all of his discography, which is still available on major music streaming platforms.

After Kelly’s conviction, 44 percent of audio-streaming service users said platforms like Spotify and Apple Music should remove his music from their archives, 36 percent said his songs should stay up, and 20 percent had no opinion or said they didn’t know, according to a Morning Consult survey.

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