Surviving kelly: Sony Music and R. Kelly split

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He has been part of Sony's RCA Records division since 2012.

Sony Music is cutting ties with singer R. Kelly, who has been dogged by sexual abuse allegations for some two decades, a source tells Variety, adding that the company has no immediate plans to make an announcement.

When Sony bought out the record company on which Kelly has been signed for almost the entirety of his career, Jive, he effectively became a part of the many companies owned by Sony. As of Friday, he is no longer listed as an artist on RCA Records' website.

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Kelly's back catalog will remain with RCA/Sony.

Mr Kelly's last release with the label was a Christmas themed album in 2016, although he has released several songs independently since then.

Singer R. Kelly reaches out to fans as he performs during the Red Light Concert series at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port-of-Spain, November 2, 2013.

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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. Until recently, such accusations, which Kelly has consistently denied, didn't seem to have a large impact on his music career.

Months later in May, Spotify stopped promoting the work of the R&B singer.

"I stand behind these women 1,000 per cent, believe them, know they are suffering and in pain, and feel strongly that their voices should be heard and taken seriously", she wrote.

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It was alleged that Kelly married singer Aaliyah in 1994, when she was 15 years old. Kelly has been involved in many different sexual scandals, including when he was first arrested in 2002 for his involvement in a child pornography tape. He was acquitted of all charges.

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