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YouTube has taken down two official R. Kelly channels this week following the disgraced musician’s conviction last month on sex trafficking charges in a Brooklyn federal court.
"We can confirm that we have terminated two channels linked to R. Kelly in accordance with our creator responsibility guidelines," a YouTube spokesperson told Reuters in a statement.
The pop star's music continues to be available on YouTube Music, the platform's audio-streaming service and is still available on Apple Music, Spotify and Amazon Music.
The MuteRKelly campaign, founded by two Black women in 2017, was created to end the financial support of his career. RKellyTV and RKellyVevo have been now been yanked from YouTube; Kelly will also no longer be able to create or own any other YouTube channel going forward, Reuters reports.
Kelly, 54, was found guilty by a federal jury in Brooklyn in late September for sexual exploitation of a child, bribery, kidnapping, racketeering and sex trafficking.
Throughout the trial, prosecutors argued that Kelly sexually abused numerous females and males, some of whom were underage, over a nearly two-decade time frame. The feds said he led an enterprise of managers, bodyguards, and other employees who recruited the victims for his twisted sexual desires while giving them false hope that he’d help them with their entertainment careers.
Kelly could face up to life in prison in the recently ended case; sentencing is scheduled for May 4. He also faces separate sex crimes trials in Illinois and Minnesota. He has pleaded not guilty in those cases. He was previously accused of child pornography in Chicago in 2002, of which he was ultimately acquitted in 2008.
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