“We can confirm that we have terminated two channels related to R. Kelly in accordance with our creator liability guidelines,” YouTube told Engadget in a statement. If the owner of a channel is convicted or pleads guilty to a serious crime, YouTube can remove the channel if it is closely related to the crime in question. In that case, according to YouTube, prosecutors claimed Kelly used the fame and power he had gained in the music industry to exploit underage women and girls.
However, this is not a general ban. Kelly’s music will still be available on YouTube Music. Kelly videos that other users uploaded to YouTube before will remain, as they are not considered re-uploads. The liability guidelines only apply to channels connected to the creator.
Two women launched a campaign in 2017 to have Kelly’s music taken off streaming services and radio. about have been made against Kelly for decades. He was arrested in 2002 for depicting videos containing child sexual abuse, but the jury in that case found him not guilty after the girl on the tapes was not proven to be underage.
Kelly’s sentencing hearing will be held in May. The mandatory minimum sentence is 10 years in prison, although he faces life imprisonment behind bars.
Victims of sexual assault and abuse can contact the RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673. For more information on reporting child sexual exploitation, call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678 or visit missingkids.org.
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