YouTube has taken down two channels linked to American singer R. Kelly, who was convicted of sex crimes in late September.
The YouTube video-sharing platform withdrew the official channels of American singer R. Kelly , convicted of sex crimes at the end of September. “We can confirm that we have removed two channels linked to R. Kelly in accordance with our rules on the liability of creators,” a spokesperson for YouTube told AFP on Wednesday.
The catalog of the fallen R&B star, however, remains accessible on the audio streaming service YouTube Music, where the artist has 137,000 subscribers . The platform, a subsidiary of Google, says it authorizes content posted before the removal of R. Kelly’s two official channels. Likewise, she does not intend to remove the singer’s clips shared by third-party users .
His albums and tracks are also still available on other major audio streaming platforms like Apple Music, Spotify or Amazon Music. Contacted by AFP, these three companies did not respond immediately.
R. Kelly, 54, was convicted by a New York court of having run for years a “system” of sexual exploitation of young people , including minors. His prison sentence will be handed down on May 4, 2022 . In pre-trial detention, he faces life imprisonment.