Videos on the official YouTube channels of R. Kelly (54) can no longer be viewed since Tuesday. The website took the channels offline after the singer was recently found guilty of human trafficking.
“Ultimately, we are taking this action to protect our users”
It concerns RKellyTV, to which 3.5 million people are subscribed, and the channel RKellyVevo with approximately 1.6 million subscribers. Videos can still be clicked, but then a message will appear that the video is no longer available because ‘the YouTube account of these videos has been taken offline’. Kelly’s songs can still be listened to via the music catalog of the website, YouTube Music. Songs like ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ can still be seen through other channels.
“Ultimately, we are taking this action to protect our users, similar to other platforms,” YouTube’s Nicole Alston wrote in a memo, reported by Bloomberg news agency. Recently, Kelly’s official accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram were also disabled.
R. Kelly was recently found guilty of human trafficking by a New York court. The 54-year-old had lured women and girls to sexually assault and allow them to be abused. The singer would have used his celebrity to influence the women and girls.