R Kelly, Popularly Known As The King Of R&B Convicted In Sex Trafficking Trial

R Kelly, Popularly Known As The King Of R&B Convicted In Sex Trafficking Trial

Robert Sylvester Kelly who is popularly know as  R. Kelly, who has long been trailed by accusations of sexual misconduct and abuse, was found guilty in New York on Monday on all counts in a high profile sex-trafficking case, ending a trial that featured hours of graphic testimony from his accusers.

Kelly, who has been in custody for much of the time since he was formally charged in 2019, was convicted on one count of racketeering and eight counts of violating the Mann Act, the law that bars transporting people across state lines “for any immoral purpose.”

After two days of deliberation, the jury found Kelly guilty on all the charges he was facing. Sentencing is due on 4 May and he could spend the rest of his life behind bars. The jury found Kelly, who was the ringleader of a violent and coercive scheme that lured women and children for him to sexually abuse. 

Speaking of the singer, he is most famous for the award-winning song ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ – was also found to have trafficked women between different US states and produced child pornography. Along with eight counts of sex trafficking, Kelly was found guilty of racketeering.

Further, one woman who confirmed that Kelly was imprisoned, drugged and raped her said in a written statement after the verdict that she had “been hiding” from Kelly due to warnings made against her since she went public with her indictments. 

Another woman added,  “I’m ready to start living my life free from fear and to start the healing process,” identified in court as Sonja.

Also, several of Kelly’s accusers testified without using their real names to protect their privacy and prevent possible harassment by the singer’s fans. Judges were shown homemade videos of Kelly engaging in sex acts that prosecutors said were not consensual.

Now the singer is facing child pornography cases, non-consensual sex cases, fake marriages and sex trafficking. Trial dates in those cases have yet to be set.

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