According to news reports, the singer’s sexual misconduct dates back to 1994.

Disgraced singer R Kelly and the Sony-owned RCA record label have ended their working relationship, US media reports. 

The rift has been caused almost exclusively due to the airing of Lifetime's 'Surviving R. Kelly' documentary series which exposed Kelly as an alleged serial abuser.

The six-part series – which has garnered global media attention since the start of the year – features interviews with multiple women who each detailed similar accounts of sexual and physical abuse allegedly perpetrated by Kelly.

The alleged abuse mentioned in the documentary ranges from paedophilia to juvenile marriage. 

Since its airing, Sony has been the subject of "Mute R. Kelly" protests, urging the company to drop the 'Ignition' singer from their record label. On Friday, it was reported by Billboard that Kelly and the label had parted ways.

The decision follows a week in which Lady Gaga apologised for doing a song with R. Kelly and pledged to remove it from her streaming channels.

Kelly has been dogged by controversy throughout his career. In 2006, he stood trial on child pornography charges but was found not guilty. Kelly has also been accused of marrying the late singer Aaliyah illegally when she was just 15 years old.

Most recently, a wide-ranging BuzzFeed report detailed allegations that R. Kelly was in charge of an abusive cult.

Following a wave of abuse claims, Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora – among others – removed R. Kelly's music from their services at the end of 2018.

Kelly denies all of the charges levelled against him.

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