Sunday , October 17 2021
Home / Entertainment / Celebrities / R Kelly found guilty in sex-trafficking trial and faces decades in jail after ‘recruiting & abusing underage girls’
R. Kelly turns to exit during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court building, in Chicago, on Tuesday, September 17, 2019.

R Kelly found guilty in sex-trafficking trial and faces decades in jail after ‘recruiting & abusing underage girls’

Spread the love

R. Kelly was on Monday found guilty of racketeering as his sex trafficking trial came to an end following six weeks of graphic testimony.

The singer now faces decades in jail after pleading not guilty to charges accusing him of sexual abuse over two decades.

R Kelly has been found guilty in his sex-trafficking trial (stock image)

R Kelly has been found guilty in his sex-trafficking trial (stock image)
Lawyers for R. Kelly walk to a Brooklyn courthouse

Lawyers for R. Kelly walk to a Brooklyn courthouse Credit: Getty

Kelly – wearing a mask – remained motionless with his eyes downcast as the verdict was read out loud.

A jury of seven men and five women found Kelly guilty of racketeering on their second day of deliberations.

Jurors began the day by sending the judge a note asking for transcripts of testimony by two former Kelly employees and for legal clarification.

VERDICT READOUT

Deliberations began on Friday at federal court in Brooklyn before the panel of seven men and five women took the weekend off.

The hitmaker, 54, best known for the 1996 smash hit I Believe I Can Fly, now faces decades behind bars.

The charges were based on an argument that the entourage of managers and aides who helped the singer meet girls — and keep them obedient and quiet — amounted to a criminal enterprise.

Several accusers testified in lurid detail during the trial, alleging that Kelly subjected them to perverse and sadistic whims when they were underage.

Kelly was also convicted of criminal counts accusing him of violating the Mann Act, which makes it illegal to take anyone across state lines “for any immoral purpose.”

KELLY LAWYER ‘DISAPPOINTED’

Kelly lawyer Deveraux Cannick said he was “disappointed.”

The guilty verdict comes more than 10 years after the musician was acquitted of child pornography charges at an Illinois state trial.

A widely watched documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” helped force his case back into the spotlight.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Maria Cruz Melendez argued that Kelly was a serial abuser who “maintained control over these victims using every trick in the predator handbook.”

HARROWING TESTIMONY

The accusers alleged that they also were ordered to sign nondisclosure forms and were subjected to threats and punishments such as violent spankings if they broke what one referred to as “Rob’s rules.”

Some said they believed the videotapes he shot of them having sex would be used against them if they exposed what was happening.

Some of the most harrowing testimony heard that Kelly gave several alleged victims herpes without disclosing he had an STD.

Jurors were also told Kelly shot a shaming video of one alleged victim showing her smearing feces on her face as punishment for breaking his rules.

MARRIAGE TO AALIYAH

One accuser said she was kept locked up and was drugged before he sexually assaulted her while she was passed out.

Other testimony focused on Kelly’s relationship with late singer Aaliyah, who he married when she was just 15.

Kelly, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, has been jailed without bail since in 2019.

The New York case is only part of the legal peril facing the singer.

He also has pleaded not guilty to sex-related charges in Illinois and Minnesota. Trial dates in those cases have yet to be set.

Kelly remained motionless with his eyes downcast as the verdict was read out loud

Kelly remained motionless with his eyes downcast as the verdict was read out loud Credit: Reuters

About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

Check Also

The testimony that convicted R. Kelly

R. Kelly

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *