After what appeared to be a new album of convicted felon R. Kelly’s music appeared briefly on streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music on Friday, his attorney and Sony, which owns his recordings, said the release was ” unauthorized” and “stolen”.
“It’s unauthorized streaming of music. It’s stolen music,” attorney Jennifer Bonjean told The Hollywood Reporter, adding that a report has been filed with police.
Bonjean said that after R. Kelly was arrested, his masters were robbed. “The music is out there somewhere, but who has it and who has benefited from it – we don’t quite know,” she said.
She said unauthorized music has been streamed on YouTube before, but never on Spotify or Apple Music.
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Although the copyright says “Legacy Recordings,” a division of Sony, Sony told Variety it was not released by the company.
The 13-track bootleg was called “I Admit” and included a song by R. Kelly released on Sound Cloud in 2018 titled “I Admit it” in which he discusses the sexual abuse allegations against him.
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R. Kelley was sentenced to 30 years in prison earlier this year for sex trafficking and racketeering after being accused of sexually abusing underage women and entrapping several women into a sex cult.
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R. Kelley’s attorney did not immediately return Fox News Digital’s request for comment.