R. Kelly’s attorney, assistant and publicist have cut ties with the controversial singer following several recent sexual misconduct allegations raised against him. Linda Mensch, Kelly’s entertainment attorney, confirmed to BBC News that she “no longer represented Mr Kelly or his entities.” The BBC also reported that Diane Copeland, Kelly’s assistant has quit. Additionally, in a statement to Rolling Stone, Kelly’s publicist Trevian Kutti said, “effective April 16, 2018, I no longer represent Mr. Robert Kelly.”
This news arrives in the midst of new allegations against the singer claiming he “knowingly and intentionally infected” a 19-year-old woman, he was “grooming” for a sex cult, with an STD. Kelly’s team has sided with him through various allegations over the years with Mensch, in particular, defending him against a 2017 investigative report from Buzzfeed into similar sex cult allegations.
Now with more accusers and evidence of alleged sexual abuse coming to light, it seems that others affiliated with Kelly will intend to cut ties with the singer.