R. Kelly Given 30 years In Jail For Sex Abuse

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US singer R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for using his celebrity status to sexually abuse children and women.

The R&B artist, 55, was convicted last September in New York of racketeering and sex trafficking crimes.

He had faced years of allegations and the judge on Wednesday said he had an “indifference to human suffering”

Lawyers for the singer, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, say he will appeal.

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Ahead of his sentencing, a handful of women took the stand to confront Kelly.

A woman identified only as Angela called the singer a Pied Piper who “grew in wickedness” with every new victim, while others who were not named testified he had broken their spirits.

“I literally wished I would die because of how you made me feel,” said one.

Dressed in prison khakis and dark glasses, Kelly declined to make a statement of his own and did not react as the verdict was handed down.

US District Judge Ann Donnelly said the celebrity had used sex as a weapon, forcing his victims to do unspeakable things and saddling them with incurable diseases.

“You taught them that love is enslavement and violence,” she said.

The court heard how Kelly – known for hit songs like I Believe I Can Fly and Ignition – used his influence to lure women and children into sexual abuse over two decades.

Jurors at his six-week trial in Brooklyn heard how he trafficked women between different US states, assisted by managers, security guards and other members of his entourage.

The court also heard how Kelly had illegally obtained paperwork to marry singer Aaliyah when she was 15 in 1994, seven years before the singer died in a plane crash.

The certificate, leaked at the time, listed Aaliyah’s age as 18. The marriage was annulled months later.

Federal prosecutors had recommended that Kelly be sentenced to more than 25 years in prison, given the seriousness of his crimes and “the need to protect the public from further crimes”.

But his lawyers called for a sentence of 10 years – the mandatory minimum for his conviction – or less.

They portrayed Kelly as growing up poor in a household rife with domestic violence and suffering sexual abuse from a young age.

They said he was “devastated” by the sentence and planned to appeal.

Kelly has been in custody since he was indicted by federal prosecutors in New York and Chicago in July 2019.

His three years behind bars have been eventful, including a beating from a fellow inmate in 2020 and a bout with Covid-19 earlier this year.

The singer faces further legal action in August, when he goes on trial again, this time in Chicago on child sex images and obstruction charges.

He is also due to face sex abuse charges in courts in Illinois and Minnesota.

Source: BBC

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks Rkells for some of the best music ever sang by any artist…nuff women get stabbed deep by me with your music in the background! But…you committed a sick….sick sick sick crime against young girls ober many years so you deserve the sentence man! Dont drop the soap nika!

  2. I am happy with the sentence. Black, white, yellow or green, no sympathy. Yes others have gotten away with it but we cannot show any sympathy for this paedophile.

  3. dumb comments ,if he was white that would not be the case,look at folks like phil spector,one of the grestest music producers,arrested and tried then died in prison,robert durst,millionare arrested and died in prison, gillain maxell,abbeting and grooming young girls,for a pedo.arrested and was just given a 20 year sentence.just some of the examples the moral of the story dont sleep with underage girls and boys .and have the evidence on flim

  4. and all along people said it was michael jackson doing those things. smfh at you rkelly you could have been such a legend teaching and nurturing children into crafting their art in singing and be better or just like you now you go and do that saloptay with your self. i wonder if is the illuminati that wanted him to pay cause when you go against them they find a way to mess you up

  5. I hate to bring this up… And in no way am i showing any empathy towards R.Kelly and his crimes but im equally intrigued as to whether or not the same fate would have been passed on to someone who was Caucasian.. The way they dragged him through the dirt for such a long time especially.

    Its been years…. Only for this sentence to come after so long.

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