R Kelly prison sentence updates: Artist sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex trafficking, extortion

R Kelly ‘did horrible things to children’, says victim after conviction

R&B singer R Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after being convicted in federal court last year on charges of sex trafficking and racketeering.

When he appeared in court on Wednesday, the disgraced singer remained silent after hearing from some of his accusers making victim statements about their experiences with the singer.

Prosecutors had called on R Kelly to spend more than 25 years behind bars to “protect the public” from the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer. He was convicted last September on nine counts, including one racketeering and eight counts of Mann Act violations.

Gloria Allred, who represented the three women who testified against R Kelly, told reporters that “no one can undo the damage done to these victims,” ​​which his attorney denied.

Announcing Kelly’s conviction, the acting associate director of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), meanwhile, called the singer a “prolific serial predator who used his wealth and fame to prey on the young and vulnerable through promises of fame, fortune and stardom for his own sake.” sexual satisfaction.”

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Victims ‘grateful’ for 30 years in prison

R Kelly’s victims were divided over his 30-year sentence, but said they were “grateful” that the disgraced R&B singer “was gone and will be gone”.

Outside the court, two women, who remained anonymous while reading their victim statements in court, said they were “proud” of each other.

Kelly was handed the sentence after he was convicted last September on charges of racketeering and human trafficking. Mike Bedigan reports:

Oliver O’ConnellJuly 1, 2022 17:20

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Opinion: R Kelly’s decades of abuse tell a story that never ends

“Wealth, power, racism and misogyny protected the R&B star, and we are a long way from dismantling the culture that allows predators and abusers,” writes Fiona Sturges in the opinion piece below:

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Opinion: For black women like me there is no justice and no peace

Following R Kelly’s conviction in September, Nylah Burton wrote that the 55-year-old found guilty was a long wait for black women like her.

“The majority of the people Kelly abused were black women and girls, some as young as 12 years old. Therefore, they were seen by many as disposable and not worthy of protection.”

“Knowing that it has taken 25 years — almost my entire life — for Kelly to face any semblance of responsibility is so deeply depressing.”

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Opinion: R Kelly’s prison sentence is the least men like him deserve

“There is something very, very rotten in the cult of male celebrities,” writes The Independent’s Victoria Richards in the opinion piece below.

“Because it doesn’t stop with the abuse. This behavior has a ripple effect that lasts for decades; not just for the victims themselves, but for all those who see what these types of men can get away with for so long – and assume they can do the same.”

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What do R Kelly’s lawyers say?

R Kelly did not testify at his trial in September, but lawyers representing the disgraced R&B singer portrayed his accusers as “girlfriends” and “groupies” who indulged in his sexual acts.

Those allegations were rejected by the court, which found the disgraced music artist guilty on several counts. Another team of lawyers representing Kelly had recently argued that he would face no more than 10 years in prison. Instead, he was sentenced to 30 years on Wednesday.

His lawyers blamed the 55-year-old’s behavior on a traumatic childhood “with severe, long-term sexual abuse, poverty and childhood violence” when his crimes were allegedly committed.

Additional Associated Press coverage

Oliver O’ConnellJuly 1, 2022 15:20

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What was R Kelly convicted of?

The disgraced R&B singer had faced a series of allegations before being found guilty in September of extortion and sexual exploitation of a child and sex trafficking – among other charges.

Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, sat motionless when he was convicted of those charges last year. He again remained silent during his sentencing on Wednesday.

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Victims ‘grateful’ for 30 years in prison

R Kelly’s victims were divided over his 30-year sentence, but said they were “grateful” that the disgraced R&B singer “was gone and will be gone”.

Outside the court, two women, who remained anonymous while reading their victim statements in court, said they were “proud” of each other.

Kelly was handed the sentence after he was convicted last September on charges of racketeering and human trafficking. Mike Bedigan reports:

Oliver O’ConnellJuly 1, 2022 13:45

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Kelly is on trial in Chicago

The disgraced singer will face another trial that could extend his time in prison in Chicago, where he was acquitted by a jury of child pornography in 2008.

Kelly is again charged with child pornography, seducing children into sexual acts and trying to influence the outcome of his previous case when his trial starts on August 15.

The city of Illinois is his birthplace.

Oliver O’ConnellJuly 1, 2022 13:00

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Opinion: For black women like me there is no justice and no peace

Following R Kelly’s conviction in September, Nylah Burton wrote that the 55-year-old found guilty was a long wait for black women like her.

“The majority of the people Kelly abused were black women and girls, some as young as 12 years old. Therefore, they were seen by many as disposable and not worthy of protection.”

“Knowing that it has taken 25 years — almost my entire life — for Kelly to face any semblance of responsibility is so deeply depressing.”

Oliver O’ConnellJuly 1, 2022 12:00

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What do R Kelly’s lawyers say?

R Kelly did not testify at his trial in September, but lawyers representing the disgraced R&B singer portrayed his accusers as “girlfriends” and “groupies” who indulged in his sexual acts.

Those allegations were rejected by the court, which found the disgraced music artist guilty on several counts. Another team of lawyers representing Kelly had recently argued that he would face no more than 10 years in prison. Instead, he was sentenced to 30 years on Wednesday.

His lawyers blamed the 55-year-old’s behavior on a traumatic childhood “with severe, long-term sexual abuse, poverty and childhood violence” when his crimes were allegedly committed.

Additional Associated Press coverage

Oliver O’ConnellJuly 1, 2022 11:00

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