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Should R. Kelly be prosecuted?

R. Kelly dropped a new song called "I Admit," addressing the numerous sexual misconduct rumors that have plagued his nearly 20-year career. During the 19-minute track, R. Kelly opens up about relationships with his family, women and the sex cult he allegedly orchestrated. He admits to sleeping with younger women but does not specify how young. He also says he was molested at a young age and was afraid to speak up. While some say "I Admit" is a confession to his crimes, The Root argues the song is a "litany of the singer’s grievances." Is it time for R. Kelly to go to jail?

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Anne Branigin of The Root wrote:

But don’t be fooled: Despite being set up as a confession—and running over 19 minutes—the song is less about expressing guilt or culpability than it is about giving the world a litany of the singer’s grievances. Robert Kelly is a great musician. Robert Kelly knows he’s a great musician. And, as Robert Kelly posits repeatedly in the stream-of-consciousness song, his musical contributions should be enough for people to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Back in May, Spotify announced it would remove R. Kelly's music from its playlists due to their hateful conduct policy. The streaming service released a statement saying they reserve the right to not "promote" his music. Derek Lawrence of Entertainment Weekly reported on Spotify's decision:

“We are removing R. Kelly’s music from all Spotify owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations such as Discover Weekly,” Spotify said in a statement. “His music will still be available on the service, but Spotify will not actively promote it. We don’t censor content because of an artist’s or creator’s behavior, but we want our editorial decisions — what we choose to program — to reflect our values. When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator.”
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Back in April, powerful women in entertainment like director Ava DuVernay and actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell got together and called for corporations profiting from R. Kelly to cut ties with him. They started the #MuteRKelly campaign to "insist on safety and dignity for women of all kinds." Bridget Read chronicled the details of the #MuteRKelly campaign for Vogue:

Using the hashtag #MuteRKelly, they also took to Twitter to ask that RCA Records (Kelly’s label), Spotify, Apple Music, venues, and Ticketmaster cancel his concerts and refuse to host his music. Their renewed attention to Kelly’s case (and the lack of intervention on the part of law enforcement) emphasized the particular challenges women of color face after coming forward to report assault and abuse—even during the #MeToo movement.
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Some think this is the confession we have all been waiting for, and R. Kelly should go straight to jail.

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But despite the playlist boot, Chris Morris of Fortune reported R. Kelly's streams increased after platforms decided not to promote his music. 

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And some people are still on the fence on whether or not the R&B legend is guilty. 

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The evidence against R. Kelly has been circumstantial up to this point, so some are undecided on whether or not he actually committed a crime.  

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