Sony parts way with singer R Kelly as more women come out with abuse allegations
The record company had been under immense pressure to drop the singer over decades of sexual abuse allegations, all of which he denies
R Kelly and Sony have finally decided to part ways, breaking nearly a three-decade partnership, reports said. The record company had been under immense pressure to drop the singer over decades of sexual abuse allegations brought against the 52-year-old Grammy-winning artist, all of which he denies.
Kelly had signed with Jive back in 1991 and recorded albums under Sony subsidiaries including Epic and RCA. His profile has been removed from both the RCA and Sony websites. .
This happened hours after one of the first women to file a lawsuit against R Kelly for sexual abuse broke her silence for the first time.
Tracy Sampson filed a complaint against Kelly in 2002, alleging sexual abuse. Tracy was a 16-year-old intern at Epic when the singer forced her in an uncomfortable sexual relationship that lasted for about two years.
"I was in love with him. I just didn't know what to do, like I didn't know if this was normal," said Sampson in a preview of an interview with Dateline NBC. Tears then began to roll down her face as she spoke: "I didn't know if this how adults acted like I just didn't know. I didn't know."
The entire incident took place when Kelly was an intern at epic records, a position she opted for her summer vacation.
Kelly's lawyer had accused Sampson and every other woman accusing his client of abuse and/or assault of lying, while Epic Records choose not to respond to this particular incident.
Sampson also revealed for the first time that she received a $250,000 settlement after filing her complaint against Kelly. Her lawsuit was filed just before it was reported that Kelly had allegedly made a sex tape with an underage girl.
Sampson described her first encounter with the singer claiming that it was completely against her will
Sampson described on Dateline how her first encounter with Kelly happened, claiming that it was completely against her will.
Kelly asked Sampson, "Can I kiss you?" and Sampson said, "No."'
"Well, give me a hug," said Kelly according to Sampson.
'And then, like, when I gave him a hug he just started kissing me.' Sampson filed her lawsuit at 18 and it was settled less than a year later, thus avoiding any court appearances. She stepped out to share her story and Kelly's lawyer was pushing back harder.
Singer and record producer Steven Greenberg said, "The record companies are abandoning him. Other artists are all of a sudden acting like they’re shocked by these rumors that – that are floating around. He’s having a very difficult time. But he is strong, he’s tough. He wants to put out his music and continue performing for people. And I expect that’s what he’ll be able to do."
Journalist, Andrea Canning then asked him if he truly believed that all these women who came out and spoke were lying, to which he instantly replied: "Every one of them, yes."
R. Kelly accuser Faith Rodgers to singer: "Robert Kelly, the Faith Rodgers that you knew, that you met when I was 19 years old no longer exists. She was vulnerable and impressionable. The 21-year- old you're seeing now is much wiser and much stronger." pic.twitter.com/6FY3wpPaGK— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 14, 2019
The claims made by Sampson are similar to the ones made by a number of other women including 19-year-old Faith Rodgers, who had a press conference last week where she repeated many of the allegations made in her lawsuit, including that Kelly knowingly infected her with Herpes, raped her and physically abused her over the course of their year-long relationship.