R. Kelly reportedly dropped by RCA Records after explosive Lifetime documentary

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He has had a contract with RCA, a subsidiary of Sony, since 2012.

In addition to cutting Kelly from the roster, Sony vows not to release any new music from the disgraced R&B singer, per reports from both Billboard and Variety.

Recently, a plane commissioned by the women's organisation UltraViolet and carrying a sign reading "RCA/Sony: Drop Sexual Predator R. Kelly" flew over Sony Music's L.A offices and a protest was staged outside of Sony's NY headquarters.

Campaigners from the #MuteRKelly pressure group delivered a petition signed by some 217,000 people to Sony headquarters in New York City earlier this week asking the record company to drop the musician.

It said Kelly's catalog would remain with RCA.

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The 52-year-old performer last released a a Christmas-themed album with the label in 2016, but has dropped several songs independently since that time, presumably with the OK from Sony. Just previous year, reports of Kelly essentially holding women captive in a "sex cult" were published.

R. Kelly's circumstances just became infinitely worse. Additionally, the piece gathered input from another Sony Records-backed star, John Legend, who vehemently condemned R. Kelly on these allegations.

The documentary included interviews of women claiming to have experienced Mr Kelly's alleged abuse first-hand, as well as former members of his inner-circle attesting to Mr Kelly's alleged inappropriate behaviour towards underage girls. The most-watched Lifetime program in more than two years also examined Kelly's relationship with his management team and record label.

He was acquitted on child pornography charges in 2008 but they have resurfaced repeatedly in recent years, with the latest report this month.

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