R. Kelly Convicted in Sex Trafficking Trial
R. Kelly has been found guilty of all sex trafficking and racketeering charges.
Over the last six weeks, 11 people – comprising nine women and two men – have appeared in court to testify against the 54-year-old “Ignition” singer, who stood accused of recruiting and sexually abusing women and underage girls since the 1990s.
Per the testimonies, Kelly – real name Robert Kelly – subjected his victims to violently physical, mental and sexual abuse. This included drugging and raping them, not allowing them to eat or use the bathroom without permission, and controlling what clothes they wore.
Standing before a 12-person jury at court in Brooklyn, New York City on Monday, 27 September, Kelly was convicted of eight counts of sex trafficking and one count of racketeering.
As a result of his conviction, the R&B singer faces a lifetime behind bars. His sentencing is scheduled for 4 May next year.
Additionally, he faces charges relating to child pornography and obstruction in Illinois, as well as criminal charges in Minnesota for two counts of engaging in prostitution with a minor and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
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