On the 10th of May, Spotify revealed that they would be getting rid of R. Kelly’s music from their playlists following the sexual assault allegations against him. The streaming organization released a statement to Billboard magazine and confirmed the news.
The streaming juggernauts admitted they would still feature his music on the service, but would no longer actively promote it because of his misconduct.
The company conceded that while they believe in freedom of expression, and the utility of art, they could not actively promote the art of someone who might be guilty of egregious crimes.
As it was previously reported, R. Kelly was accused of sexual misconduct by many women. The story originally published by Buzzfeed claimed that he held women as “sex slaves” in some sort of a “sex cult.”
Previously, the singer found himself at the center of a deleterious sexual assault scandal after several publications published the statements from his supposed victims.
According to the initial reports, the women claimed that the singer held them in captivity against their will and forced them to wear certain kinds of clothing and they would have to “stand up” whenever he would walk in the room.
As you might know, R. Kelly married the singer Aaliyah when she was just a fifteen-year-old girl. Since then, he has found himself embroiled in many other scandals, leading many to believe that he might be guilty of crimes after all. As the saying goes, “the numbers don’t lie.”
Additionally, he was charged in connection with a child pornography case after he filmed a sexual encounter with an underage girl. However, the court acquitted him on all charges back in 2008.