Washington: “R&B” star R Kelly was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for repeatedly sexually assaulting young followers, some of whom were just children, taking advantage of his fame. According to Variety, singer Robert Sylvester Kelly, 55, was found guilty of eight charges of racketeering and breaking the Mann Act, which forbids the transport of individuals between states for prostitution.
45 witnesses testified for the government, and have been jailed since July 2019. In addition to charges from state courts in Illinois and Minnesota, he still faces charges of child pornography and obstruction of the way of justice in Chicago.
A six-week trial revealed how Kelly used workers and middlemen to lure fans and interested singers into situations of sexual abuse and control, including locking them into rooms without food or entering bathrooms for days. was involved.
Kelly, one of the most successful hitmakers of the 1990s and early 2000s, was found guilty of all nine counts against him in September. Given Kelly’s constant threats to the public and a lack of remorse for allegedly sexually and emotionally abusing her popularity, many of whom were minors, federal prosecutors requested a term of ‘more than 25 years’ was.
Even though Kelly was convicted for decades of planning to recruit women, underage girls and men for sex, her attorney, Jennifer Bonzen, who last year supported Bill Cosby in her successful appeal of her sexual assault conviction. had represented, argued for a minimum prison sentence of more than 10 years, claiming that the singer’s own abuse as a child may have contributed to his ‘hypersexuality’ later in life. Angela, the first victim to speak, stood up in a lecture and addressed Kelly directly as she described him as a pied piper who seduced the youth with his wealth and notoriety.
“With every addition of a new victim, you grew in wickedness. You used your fame and power to sexually gratify young boys and girls in your soul,” she said.
The past four years have been a brutal awakening of how my silence has hurt others, according to a second victim named Eddie, who expressed guilt over being silent for decades about her 1990 encounter with Kelly.
Nine women and two men gave candid details about Kelly’s sexual and mental abuse at trial last autumn, and some of them testified under oath that they were minors when he first had sex with her.
Kelly reportedly showed no remorse or even acknowledgment for his illegal behavior, displaying ‘a blatant disregard’ for the effects of his abuse, which was reportedly ‘self-motivated’. and there was a belief that his musical talent had freed him from any need to conform to him. According to the prosecution’s letter regarding sentencing, ‘conduct for law’, as reported by Variety.
After sentencing, Kelly will likely be moved to Chicago, where he will stand trial on charges of obstruction and child pornography in August.