Contacted by Variety, reps for both RCA Records and its parent company, Sony Music, declined comment.
According to multiple reports, the singer and Sony have agreed to part ways on the heels of the Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly. The company later became part of Sony BMG, looping Kelly under the Sony umbrella. The label recently removed the Chicago, Illinois singer from its website roster. The New York Times claims he has sold 32 million albums for the label in the U.S. Kelly's most recent releases have been posted online without the label's involvement. The move comes in the wake of a documentary series called Surviving R. Kelly that aired on Lifetime and cataloged more than 25 years of accusations of sexual and physical abuse made against Kelly by a number of women, including seven who were interviewed on camera.
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Sony has yet to release an official statement clarifying its current relationship with R. Kelly. In the docu-series, R. Kelly is accused of abuse by former backup singer, Jovante Cunningham, Lizzette Martinez, and Andrea Lee, his ex-wife.
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. Spotify ended up briefly penalizing two artists - Kelly and rapper XXXTentacion, neither of whom had been convicted of the relevant charges of sexual misconduct - before walking back the policy due to its vague definition and execution. Then video of Kelly allegedly having sex with and urinating on a 14-year-old girl came to light in 2002; he was acquitted of 21 counts of child pornography in 2008 when the woman refused to testify.