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R. Kelly Dropped by Sony

Breaking News

R. Kelly‘s not in business with Sony Music for the first time in decades after the singer and the record company agreed to part ways … TMZ has confirmed.

Sources close to Kelly tell us both sides agreed on a split this week. The end of their relationship comes amid the storm of controversy after the docuseries, “Surviving R. Kelly.”

R. Kelly’s been with Sony since the early days of his career, and has been under contract with its subsidiary label, RCA, since 2012.

As you know … the singer’s facing mounting allegations of sexual abuse and predatory behavior after the Lifetime doc’s in-depth interviews with his alleged victims and their families.

Several artists — like Celine Dion, Lady Gaga and Ciara — have separated themselves from Kelly by pulling their collabs with him from streaming services … while others have denounced him.

Sony was also feeling the pressure with protests outside its offices in L.A. and NYC.

R. Kelly Former Manager Surrenders … For Allegedly Terrorizing Alleged Victim’s Parents

One of R. Kelly‘s former managers has surrendered to authorities on charges he made terroristic threats against a family of one of the singer’s alleged victims.

As TMZ first reported, Joycelyn Savage‘s father told us James Mason called him in May 2018, and threatened, “I’m gonna do harm to you and your family, when I see you I’m gonna get you, I’m going to f***ing kill you.”

The Henry County Sheriff’s Dept. issued an arrest warrant last August for felony terroristic threats and acts and, Friday morning, Mason turned himself in. 

He was released on $ 10,000 bond.

Joycelyn Savage has said she is not being held against her will, but her parents firmly believed their daughter has been brainwashed and they have mounted a full-court press to free her. 

Megyn Kelly Ready For Jury Duty … It’s Been A While Since I’ve Had Time For This!!!

Megyn Kelly is keeping herself busy during her work furlough … because she just reported for jury duty in New York, the first time in years she’s had time to perform her civic duty. 

The former NBC and Fox News host showed up Thursday morning at Manhattan Supreme Court, and she was ready for a long day … Megyn was packing a couple newspapers, two crossword books, and an iPad with “Crazy Rich Asians” on deck. 

We’re guessing she’s been hitting the gym in her downtime, too … sounds like one heavy purse! 

As you know … Megyn hasn’t been on the air since October, when she was ousted from NBC for her blackface remarks

Megyn was in a joking mood even before she showed up to the courthouse. Of course, you can really take advantage of funemployment when you’re raking in around $ 35 million.

Watch … Megyn says she hasn’t served on a jury in forever, and she drops another hint about when she might return to TV.

TMZ Live Dave Chappelle Threatened By R. Kelly For ‘Piss On You’ Skit

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Dave Chappelle R. Kelly & His Goons Threatened Me For ‘Piss on You’ Skit

EXCLUSIVE

Dave Chappelle says R. Kelly and his “goons” bum-rushed him over his famous skit mocking the singer’s urination video — but Dave’s sense of humor definitely saved the day.

The comic hopped onstage at the WeHo Improv Wednesday night with his friend and “Chappelle’s Show” costar, Donnell Rawlings. Dave revealed Kelly and his crew approached him in Chicago — during a Common concert — and made it clear they were, umm … pissed about his “Piss on You” skit.

Dave says things never got physical, but he says Kelly grilled him about the skit and asked how he could possibly have done such a thing. 

The irony of that question was not lost on Dave, who had the most awesome and hilarious response.  Check out the video … classic story. 

Chappelle also addressed some of the criticism he’s faced in the wake of Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly” docuseries — saying he wants comedians to call out things that are wrong with the world, period.

We asked Dave about the criticism this week — but he opted to let his pal, D.L. Hughley, do most of the talking that night. 

R. Kelly Cops Swarm at Chicago Studio … But Not What You Think

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Police are at R. Kelly‘s recording studio in Chicago, and while it has nothing to do with the allegations put forth in “Surviving R. Kelly” … it is related to potential illegal activity.

The issue appears to be Kelly’s studio being used as a residence. Law enforcement sources tell us Chicago PD showed up there Wednesday afternoon with the Cook County Building and Zoning Dept. We’re told the B & Z is there because the building is only zoned for industrial use, so if anyone is living there … that’s a no-no.

We’re told police typically accompany the Building Dept. on such matters … and officers did NOT go just because it’s Kelly’s place. BTW, the singer reportedly owes a ton of back rent — $ 166k — and is facing eviction before the month’s end.

Obviously, the sight of police swarming Kelly’s crib immediately made people think an arrest was going down.

No dice. Yet.

Lady Gaga Broken Promises? R. Kelly Collab Still for Sale

EXCLUSIVE

10:35 AM PT — Universal Music tells TMZ, “We are working on taking this down now.”Lady Gaga hasn’t completely followed through on her promise to remove her song with R. Kelly from streaming platforms, because their collab is still available for purchase on Google Play Music. 

As of this post, you can still throw down $ 1.29 to buy Lady Gaga’s song, “Do What U Want (With My Body)” featuring R. Kelly. 

Gaga said 6 days ago she was pulling the collab from iTunes and other streaming services as an act of solidarity with the women Kelly allegedly abused.

It HAS been disabled on iTunes, Spotify and YouTube. It’s unclear if Google Play was overlooked, or if the purge just hasn’t gotten to the platform yet. 

As you know, Celine Dion, Ciara, Chance the Rapper and the Pussycat Dolls followed in Gaga’s footsteps and pulled or are in the process of pulling their collabs with R. Kelly in the wake of Lifetime’s docuseries, “Surviving R. Kelly.” Still, it’s interesting that Gaga and Kelly’s song hasn’t been completely scrubbed.

We’ve reached out to Google and Gaga … so far, no word back.  

Dave Chappelle My Skits Mocking R. Kelly Scandal … Hmm, IDK … I Gotta Watch It Again

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Dave Chappelle was noncommittal on his feelings about some old skits that mocked some shocking behavior by R. Kelly.

We got the comic in WeHo Tuesday night leaving Craig’s, and asked about his sketches from “Chappelle’s Show” where he created a music video — titled “Piss on You” — mocking the real video of R. Kelly urinating on what appears to be a teenage girl. 

Dave also did a comedy sketch on the jury selection process in the criminal trial, and used R. Kelly’s scandal as material for years.

Dave said he didn’t have a vivid memory of the sketches and needed a relook.

Our photog also asked if he had regrets over not participating in “Surviving R. Kelly.” The show’s EP, Dream Hampton, claimed Chappelle was among a number of celebs who turned down interviews.

His dinner partner, D.L. Hughley, came out swinging, not only saying R. Kelly and Michael Jackson were birds of a feather, he lashed out at people who feigned ignorance for years, pretending they didn’t know.

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Post Malone R. Kelly Did a Lot of ‘F***ed Up S***’ … So Yank the Collabs

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R. Kelly deserves what he’s getting — especially with artists pulling their collabs from streaming services — because he’s done a lot of “f**ked up s***” … so says Post Malone.

We got the rapper leaving The Grove in L.A. Monday night, hand-in-hand with his lady friend, and he made it clear he’s not down with French Montana and DJ Paul … both of whom said R. Kelly’s musical legacy will live on despite Lifetime’s docuseries.

Post was tentative at first, but ultimately he speaks his piece … he believes the women accusing R. Kelly.

As we’ve reported, Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, The Pussycat Dolls, Chance the Rapper and Ciara have either pulled their R. Kelly featured tracks, or are in the middle of doing so.