R. Kelly and Sony are reportedly parting ways amid a storm of sexual misconduct against the veteran singer.
Kelly signed to the Jive label in the 1990s; when Jive was later swallowed by Sony BMG, Kelly then became part of the Sony roster of talent, and has been under contract since 2012 to RCA, a subsidiary of Sony. Kelly's name is no longer on RCA's website.
Kelly's back catalogue will remain with RCA/Sony. Kelly's last release with the label was a Christmas-themed album in 2016, although he has released several songs independently since that time, presumably with Sony's consent, and Tweeted earlier this year that he has a new album on the way.
The move follows the airing of the documentary "Surviving R. Kelly" and protests against the singer outside the Sony building. Kelly and the music executives have yet to comment on the news. In the six-part series, Kelly was accused of preying upon underage and teenage girls for at least three decades.
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.
Also this month, the national women's organization UltraViolet commissioned a plane to fly a banner reading "RCA/SONY: DROP SEXUAL PREDATOR R. KELLY" over the Sony Music offices in Culver City. As a effect of the series, many artists and former collaborators have chosen to condemn Kelly, including John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, Chance The Rapper, and many others.
It was alleged that Kelly married singer Aaliyah in 1994, when she was 15 years old.
But he was acquitted of all charges in 2008 and continued to make music.