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YouTube Removes R. Kelly’s Official Channels After Federal Conviction

YouTube has removed two of R. Kelly’s official channels following the 54-year-old’s conviction in the federal sex trafficking and racketeering case against him.

R. Kelly’s  songs and albums will still be available on the YouTube Music platform, however. User-generated content that uses Kelly’s music is also still allowed.

The video streaming platform was able to pull the channels linked to Kelly in accordance with its creator guidelines which state that if a creator is found guilty of horrific crimes, YouTube reserves the right to terminate their account. YouTube also noted federal prosecutors’ argument in the case that Kelly used his music and celebrity to lure underage women and commit sexual crimes.

Kelly was found guilty on all counts of sex trafficking and racketeering after prosecutors took nearly a month and over 40 witness to lay out a case proving the singer ran a criminal enterprise for the intent of transporting underage girls and women for sexual acts in violation of the Mann Act.

Kelly has denied allegations against him, though he’s been accused of sexual misconduct involving underage women over the course of his career. In 2008, the singer was acquitted of child pornography charges.