R Kelly’s record label has allegedly put his music career on hold while police investigate claims of sexual misconduct against him.
Sources have said that his label RCA/Sony will not put any more money behind his projects or release new material until the criminal investigations have finished.
The singer, who is from Chicago, is facing allegations from women over abuse discussed in series Surviving R Kelly which aired on cable channel Lifetime.
R Kelly, 52, is thought to have recently been recording a new album as he still has to release another two under the rules of his contract, reports TMZ.
It is not clear whether R Kelly has a ‘morals clause’ in his contract, which could allow the flagship recording label of Sony Music Group to end their work with him.
Other artists signed to RCA/Sony include Shakira, Usher, Kings of Leon, Craig David and Britney Spears.
R&B singer R Kelly is accused of running an ‘abusive cult’ in Lifetime documentary Surviving R Kelly which claims he preyed on dozens of young women.
The six-part drama claims he stalked teenagers at the mall and held girls captive.
He is also alleged to have used forged documents so he could marry fellow musician Aaliyah when she was aged 15 and he was 27.
R Kelly has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls.
Steve Greenberg, an attorney for R Kelly, said in an interview on Friday January 11 that there was no evidence to support the accusations.
He said the documentary was a: ‘For-profit hit piece full of falsities, full of mistakes.’
The series has been a hit for Lifetime, which said the documentary’s January 3 premiere attracted 1.9 million viewers and was the network’s biggest audience in two years among adults 25 to 54 and other age groups.
After the documentary aired, singer Lady Gaga vowed to remove a duet she recorded with Kelly from streaming services and never collaborate with him again.
Mr Greenberg said the singer and A Star is Born actress was ‘doing what she thinks is politically correct.’
Last Thursday R Kelly went on an expletive-filled rant at a Chicago nightclub on his 52nd birthday.
The R&B singer sang his famous ‘Bump N Grind’, wailing: ‘Baby I don’t want to hurt nobody, but there is something that I must confess.’
The musician shouted into the microphone: ‘Y’all motherf***ers don’t know, it’s my motherf***ing birthday and I don’t give a f**k what’s going on right now.’