YouTube yanks R. Kelly’s channels after his conviction in sex-trafficking trial

YouTube yanks R. Kelly’s channels after his conviction in sex-trafficking trial


YouTube has removed R. Kelly’s channels from the video platform after the disgraced R&B superstar was found guilty of sexually abusing women, girls and boys over decades.

“We can confirm that we have terminated two channels linked to R. Kelly in accordance with our creator responsibility guidelines,” a spokesperson for the Alphabet Inc. platform told Reuters in a statement.

The 54-year-old “I Believe I Can Fly” crooner was convicted last month on all nine counts against him, including racketeering and violations of the Mann Act, which prohibits the transport of “any woman or girl” across state lines for any “immoral purpose.”

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He faces 10 years to life behind bars at his sentencing, which is scheduled for May 4, 2022.

Kelly — whose RKellyTV and RKellyVevo channels were yanked — will no longer be allowed to create or own any other YouTube channels, the company said.

Supporters of R. Kelly gather in front of a Brooklyn courthouse as jury deliberations in the federal trial against the performer continue on September 27.Spencer Platt/Getty Images

But the catalog of his music will still be available on YouTube Music, YouTube’s audio-streaming service — and the videos uploaded by other YouTubers also will continue to be available, according to Reuters.

Spotify, Apple and Amazon did not immediately respond to requests from the news outlet seeking comment on whether they would be taking similar action against Kelly.

From the beginning of the month-long trial in the federal courthouse in downtown Brooklyn, prosecutors painted Kelly as a “predator” who used his fame and a cadre of employees to prey on young victims.

Gloria Allred, a lawyer for several of R. Kelly’s accusers in the case against the R&B star, speaks to the media after a federal jury in Brooklyn announced it found Kelly guilty of racketeering and sex trafficking charges.Spencer Platt/Getty Images

To prove the racketeering charge against him, prosecutors showed jurors how Kelly used a network of friends and employees in his “inner circle” to transport his victims across state lines, control their actions and facilitate the sexual abuse. 

Kelly faces more criminal charges outside New York. 

He was charged by state prosecutors in Minnesota with engaging in prostitution with a minor and by federal prosecutors in Illinois for child pornography and obstruction.

Lawyers for R. Kelly walk to a Brooklyn courthouse as jury deliberations in the federal trial against the performer continue. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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