On January 18, when Sony cut ties with R. Kelly, Shaunna Thomas’ first reaction was relief.
Thomas, the 37-year-old co-founder of the women’s advocacy group UltraViolet, spent years pushing the label to drop the R&B star over the many allegations of sexual misconduct against him. After the Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly aired, UltraViolet paid for a plane to fly over Sony’s Culver City building in Los Angeles trailing a banner that read “RCA/Sony: Drop Sexual Predator R. Kelly” and helped coordinate protests outside Sony’s Manhattan office on January 16. Two days later, the label and Kelly agreed to split.
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