YouTube Removes R Kelly Channels
YouTube on Tuesday shut down two R Kelly channels and banned the R&B singer from ever creating new ones.
Kelly was found guilty last week of one count of racketeering – which included 14 underlying acts including sexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping and bribery – and eight counts of sex trafficking. He will be sentenced in May.
“Egregious actions committed by R. Kelly warrant penalties beyond standard enforcement measures due to a potential to cause widespread harm,” wrote YouTube vice president of legal Nicole Alston, in a memo obtained by Bloomberg.
YouTube removed RKellyTV and RKellyVevo, which had a combined 5.1 million subscribers, citing a violation of a policy that prohibits “on- and/or off-platform behaviour that we may consider to be inappropriate,” including “intending to cause malicious harm to others” and “participating in abuse or violence, demonstrating cruelty, or participating in fraudulent/deceptive behaviour leading to real-world harm.”
The singer’s music is still available on the platform, though.
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R Kelly’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts were also recently disabled. Sony Music’s RCA Records dumped him in January 2019, although it maintains his catalog.