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R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in New York sex trafficking case

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Chicago (TN News) — Notorious R&B singer R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison after being convicted of racketeering and sex trafficking charges in New York last year.

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Kelly also faces five years of supervised release and a $100,000 fine after serving his sentence.

Federal prosecutors in New York had asked a judge to sentence Kelly to at least 25 years in prison, while Kelly’s defense team is seeking to impose a minimum sentence of 10 years, saying he had a traumatic childhood “that involved severe, prolonged childhood sexual abuse, poverty and violence. “

“While sex is definitely the weapon you use, this is not a case about sex. This is a case about violence, cruelty and control,” U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly told him during sentencing.

The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer’s misconduct has come under fresh scrutiny after a 2019 documentary called “Surviving R. Kelly” in which accusers spoke candidly about their relationship with him experience. Some claimed they were asked to sign confidential forms and were subjected to threats and violence.

Kelly has been jailed without bail since 2019. He still faces child pornography and obstruction of justice charges in Chicago. The trial is scheduled to begin on August 15.

In tears and anger, R. Kelly’s accusers told the court Wednesday that he had preyed on them and misled his fans, while the depraved R&B star awaits sentencing on his federal sex trafficking conviction.

“What you made me do broke my spirit. I really wish I was going to die because you made me feel so low,” one woman told the Grammy-winning, multi-platinum singer. She said her teenage experience with him left her forever traumatized.

“Do you remember?” she asked.

In court proceedings on Wednesday, the victims took sides, some in tears, saying Kelly preyed on and abused them and misled his fans. Kelly did not make eye contact with the victim as he spoke, with his hands on the defense table, looking straight ahead or down.

A victim identified in court as Stephanie said Kelly had decades of ruthless freedom and said she hoped he would spend the rest of his life in jail. “You made me do things that broke my nerves…I really wish I was going to die for the way you made me feel.”

One of the victims, identified as Angela, said Kelly “manipulated” millions of people into believing how he thought of himself and took away the victim’s voice. “Today, I and many of your victims got it back,” she said. “Today, we seek to be heard… We no longer feed on the individual.”

Allegations of Kelly’s abuse of young girls began circulating in the 1990s. He was indicted in 1997 by a woman who accused her of sexual assault and harassment as a minor and later faced criminal charges of child pornography in connection with another girl. In 2008, a Chicago jury acquitted him, and Kelly settled the lawsuit.

Evidence has also surfaced over the years about the late R&B singer Aaliyah. Witnesses said they were married in matching jogging clothes, using a fake license that said she was 18 instead of 15. Kelly was 27 at the time. Aaliyah, who made music for Kelly, died in a plane crash in 2001.

Last September, a jury found Kelly, 55, guilty of all charges in a racketeering and sex trafficking trial in Brooklyn federal court. Kelly, who did not testify at the trial, has denied wrongdoing.

Several plaintiffs testified in appalling detail during the trial, alleging that Kelly had inappropriate and sadistic whims of the victims when they were minors.

Prosecutors wrote in their sentencing recommendations for Kelly that Kelly used his “fame, money and prestige” to systematically “prey on children and young women for their own sexual gratification.”

“He continued to commit crimes and avoided punishment for them for nearly 30 years and must now be held accountable,” prosecutors wrote.

Jurors heard testimony about a fraudulent marriage scheme amid multiple sordid charges as he feared Kelly had impregnated R&B phenomenon Aaliyah in 1994 when she was 15. 18; he was 27 at the time.

Aaliyah collaborated with Kelly, who wrote and produced her 1994 debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number. She died in a plane crash in 2001 at the age of 22.

Kelly’s conviction last year was seen as a signature moment for the #MeToo movement.

Outrage over Kelly’s sexual misconduct with young women and children, fueled in part by the widely watched documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” has the plaintiffs wondering if their stories are because they are black women and was ignored.

Kelly will also face trial on child pornography and obstruction of justice charges in federal court in Chicago starting Aug. 15.

The Chicago federal charges against Kelly allege he filmed himself having sex with underage girls and paid hush money and intimidated witnesses to cover up his crimes.

He also faces multiple charges of sexual assault and abuse in Cook County. The first of these trials has been delayed several times because of the pandemic.

He also faces charges involving child prostitution in Minnesota.

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