Singer R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison in sex case

singer r. kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison in sex case
singer r. kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison in sex case

R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in jail on Wednesday, following his conviction for using his popularity and money to entice women and underage girls into his orbit for sex over decades.

The punishment was handed out by U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly in federal court in Brooklyn.

Kelly, 55, was convicted last September following a 5-and-a-half week trial that bolstered allegations that had hounded the Grammy-winning singer since the early 2000s.

He is one of the most prominent individuals convicted of sexual misconduct during the #MeToo movement against such behavior by powerful men.

Earlier on Wednesday, numerous women who testified against Kelly at his trial described how he had offered to be their mentor and help them achieve celebrity, only to subject them to demeaning sexual harassment and bodily harm. According to several, the abuse caused enduring mental health difficulties.

“When R. Kelly requested me to perform oral sex on him when I was a teenager, I didn’t know how to say no,” claimed a woman identified as Jane Doe No. 2.

She paused, glanced at Kelly, and questioned, “Do you recall that?”

Kelly, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, has consistently rejected allegations of sexual assault.

He wore a black face mask and beige prison attire to the court on Wednesday.

Kelly was found guilty on nine criminal counts, including one count of racketeering and eight counts of breaking the Mann Act, which prohibits transporting individuals across state boundaries for prostitution.

The prosecution argued that Kelly had displayed a “callous disregard” for his victims and exhibited no remorse, recommending a prison term of over 25 years.

Kelly’s defense attorneys argued that he deserved no more than the legal minimum of ten years, stating that his background of childhood abuse may have contributed to his adult “hypersexuality” and that he no longer constituted a threat.

Kelly has been incarcerated since July of 2019.

He will presumably be sent to a Chicago jail shortly, where he will stand trial in August on accusations of child pornography and obstruction. Additionally, he faces state charges in Illinois and Minnesota.

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