Women’s organisation UltraViolet flew an R Kelly protest banner over Sony headquarters calling for the singer to be dropped from the label following his recent sexual misconduct allegations.
The activists also targeted RCA, a smaller label owned by Sony, which has been linked to the 52-year-old throughout his career.
While heading over the building in Culver City, California, on Friday afternoon, the plane hired by the group proudly flew a flag, which read: ‘RCA/Sony: Drop Sexual Predator R. Kelly.’
‘Their inaction is beyond shameful. RCA can no longer pretend that R. Kelly’s music can be separated from his violent actions. Kelly uses his fame, musical talent, fortune, and standing in the music industry to lure in and abuse young Black girls.’
She added: ‘Sixty percent of Black women are sexually abused by age 18, but their abuse is written off because of harmful racial stereotypes that paint Black women and girls as more sexually promiscuous and aggressive than young white girls.
‘We must believe and support Black survivors of sexual violence. It is time all of us work alongside the amazing Black women organizers calling out R. Kelly and his enablers to ensure justice.’
Earlier this week it was announced R Kelly – real name Robert – is now under criminal investigation after the docuseries Surviving R Kelly unearthed the stories of his ‘sex slaves’, according to reports.
Claims include his alleged sexual preference for underage women, allegations he kept a woman as a sex slave, and rumours that he had created his own ‘sex cult’ in which he would keep control of the women and their day-to-day lives.
R Kelly has strongly denied all allegations.
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Since the docuseries came to light, a number of celebrities have spoken out against R Kelly including the likes of John Legend, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chance The Rapper and JoJo.
Even Lady Gaga – who collaborated with the Bump n’ Grind hitmaker back in 2013 – has apologised for working with the R&B star.
Metro.co.uk have reached out to UltraViolet, Sony and R Kelly’s reps for further comment.
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