Singer R. Kelly was charged with child pornography in 2002 after a video surfaced, allegedly showing Kelly engaging in sex with and urinating on an underage girl. That tape, released by an unknown source, sparked a series of other allegations of misconduct that threatened the sanity of R. Kelly.
Since then, he has been indicted with several counts of sexual assault, aggravated sexual abuse, abuse of a minor, making indecent images of minors, racketeering, and obstruction of justice.
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According to his autobiography, R. Kelly himself was reportedly a victim of child sex abuse at eight years old.
Since his trial, R. Kelly’s music career has deteriorated. The streaming platform, Spotify, cut R. Kelly’s music from its playlists, citing its new policy on hate content and hateful conduct. Apple and Pandora also quit promoting songs from the singer.