(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- Last week, singer R. Kelly was found guilty of sexually abusing women, boys and girls for decades. The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer, 54, was convicted 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.”
In response to his conviction, this week YouTube deleted his official RkellyTV and RKellyVevo channels. However, user-uploaded versions of his videos remain available on the platform, and YouTube Music service still provides his audio catalog.
YouTube’s lead attorney, Nicole Alston, said in a memo that the “egregious actions” for which Kelly was convicted “warrant penalties beyond standard enforcement measures due to a potential to cause widespread harm.”
Kelly’s channels were removed in accordance with content creator guidelines YouTube adopted in 2018. These guidelines allow disciplinary actions, including the removal of accounts, against content creators convicted of serious crimes or who engage in behavior that is intended to “cause malicious harm to others” off-platform.
Why YouTube removed the video channels, but not R. Kelly’s music on its audio streaming platform and in user-uploaded video content is not clear.
As of now, R. Kelly’s music also remains available on other major platforms such as Apple iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon Music.
During the height of Kelly’s career in the late 1990s, sex crimes allegations began to emerge. But the spotlight on R. Kelly’s misdeeds didn’t reach a fever pitch until the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements in 2018.
In 2019, a documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly” was released a month before he was indicted on sex abuse charges. This documentary detailed the many allegations levied against the singer.
Additional indictments, that led to his New York trial and subsequent conviction, came later in 2019.
R. Kelly’s sentencing hearing in the New York case is scheduled for May 4, 2022. He faces ten years to life in prison for his crimes.
Kelly still faces charges in both Illinois and Minnesota.
In Minnesota, Kelly was charged by state prosecutors with engaging in prostitution with a minor. In Illinois, Kelly faces federal charges for child pornography and obstruction.