R Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison
R&B singer R Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after being convicted by federal court last year on sex trafficking and racketeering charges. He faced court on Wednesday before seven of his accusers who made victim statements about their experiences with the singer.
Prosecutors had called on him to serve more than 25 years behind bars to “protect the public” from the singer. He was convicted last September on nine counts, including one racketeering and eight counts of Mann Act violations.
Gloria Allred, who represents the three women who testified against R Kelly, told reporters that “no one can undo the damage done to these victims.”
After the conviction, attorney Steve Greenberg, who represented the Kelly, accused the victims of “hunting” the singer.
Jennifer Bonjean, another of Kelly’s attorneys, said the singer wanted to speak in court during his sentencing, but she advised him not to.
Steve K Francis, acting executive associate director of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) announcing Kelly’s conviction, called the singer a “prolific serial predator who used his wealth and fame to prey on the young and vulnerable through dangling promises of fame, fortune and stardom.” for his own sexual satisfaction.”
‘Thirty years he did this and 30 years is what he got,’ says victim Kelly was branded ‘the Pied Piper of R&B’ by a victim who used the pseudonym ‘Angela’, who described his ‘deplorable and inexplicable’ abuse during her statement .
“I stand here very proud of my justice system, very proud of my fellow survivors and very happy with the outcome.
“Thirty years (how long) he did this and 30 years is what he got,” she later said out of court.
Sravasti DasguptaJune 30, 2022 09:30
Kelly’s conviction would be unlikely ‘if he still had the money and fame,’ journalist says
Jim DeRogatis, the first journalist to cover R Kelly’s alleged crimes in 2000, told ABC’s RN Breakfast that the singer probably wouldn’t be convicted if he still had money and fame.
“I’m not so sure we would have seen the conviction or the conviction today if he still had the money and fame he had at the height of his power through the ’90s, through the 2000s,” he said on RN Breakfast after the conviction.
‘It’s broken. As he sang in the last song he released to the world: I’m a break ass legend.
“Justice in America is too often bought by money and fame and that’s what happened when he was first tried in 2008 for making child pornography.”
De Rogatis broke the story on the infamous videotape, which showed the singer abusing and urinating on a 14-year-old girl.
Sravasti DasguptaJune 30, 2022 08:30
Kelly’s sisters say singer was treated ‘unfairly’
R Kelly’s two sisters on his father’s side have said they believe the singer has been treated unfairly.
Lisa and Cassandra Kelly, who live in North Carolina and Atlanta, attended the sentencing Wednesday.
“He’s been strong. He will stay strong. We are his sisters, we will stand behind him,” Lisa Kelly told Insider.
“And that’s just the way it is. We don’t believe any of that.”
Sravasti DasguptaJune 30, 2022 08:00
R Kelly’s lawyer says singer wanted to speak at his conviction
Jennifer Bonjean, lawyer for R Kelly, said the singer wanted to speak in court about his conviction, but that she advised him against it.
Speaking to reporters out of court, Ms. Bonjean said she didn’t want him to speak while he has pending cases in Chicago and Minnesota.
Another case, involving child pornography and similar allegations, is scheduled to go to court in Chicago in August, Business Insider reported.
“I promise he will make a statement,” said Mrs. Bonjean.
“He will make statements, but on the advice of counsel, he remained silent.”
Sravasti DasguptaJune 30, 2022 07:30 am
Attorney R Kelly says victims ‘hunted him’
Attorney Steve Greenberg, who represented singer R Kelly, has accused the victims of “hunting” the singer.
In an interview with Law & Crime, Mr. Greenberg said: “They hunted him. And for them to go to court and say they are the victims is just intellectually dishonest.”
Sravasti DasguptaJune 30, 2022 07:00
R Kelly victim says 30-year prison sentence is ‘perfect’
Sonja, a victim of R Kelly’s abuse and testifying in court, has greeted the singer’s jail term.
In an interview with Los Angeles Times Sonja, whose last name is not being revealed to protect her identity, said after the conviction that she had been intimidated for years by people in the singer’s circle.
“I’ve been followed, I’ve been approached at networking events,” she said. “It happened a few different times.”
On each occasion, she says she immediately fell away from the person chatting with her and “went off the network for a few days.”
“Thirty years is perfect for me,” she said.
“I’ve endured this for almost two decades. I’m very happy with the sentence. Very happy.”
Sravasti DasguptaJune 30, 2022 06:30
Victims R Kelly say 30 years in prison is ‘not enough’
R Kelly’s victims have said the 30-year prison sentence imposed on the singer, while welcome, is “not enough”.
“Personally, I don’t think it’s enough, but I’m happy with it,” prosecutor Lizzette Martinez said.
Another victim, Jovante Cunningham, who first met Kelly at age 14, said his abuse lasted for 30 years and “30 years is what he got.”
“There wasn’t a day in my life when I really believed the justice system would come through for black and brown girls,” Ms Cunningham said outside the court.
Ms Cunningham, a former backup dancer for Kelly, added that she cried “absolutely” when the verdict came and that she felt “overwhelmed”.
Sravasti DasguptaJune 30, 2022 06:00
R Kelly a ‘prolific serial predator’ that preyed on the ‘young and vulnerable’
Steve K Francis, acting executive associate director of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), which announced R Kelly’s conviction, called the singer a “prolific serial predator.”
Robert Kelly is a prolific serial predator who used his wealth and fame to prey on the young and vulnerable by dangling promises of fame, fortune and stardom for his own sexual gratification. For nearly thirty years, Kelly and his henchmen have kept their victims silent. imposed through bribery, intimidation, blackmail and physical assault, trusting that they were immune to justice,” Francis said.
“Today’s verdict is a victory that belongs to the survivors of Kelly’s abuse. These brave women and men came forward, despite threats to their own personal safety, and were forced to relive the pain of the most traumatic days of their lives to tell the truth and make their voices heard.”
Sravasti DasguptaJune 30, 2022 05:15 am
R Kelly faces second trial in August
R Kelly will be tried again in August, this time in federal court.
On August 15, R Kelly is on trial for being in possession of images of child sexual abuse. It is the second time he has been charged with child sexual abuse images.
He was previously acquitted of similar charges in 2008.
Kelly pleads innocent.
Graziosi GraigJune 30, 2022 04:00
EXPLANATION: What was R Kelly convicted of and how much jail time was he given?
R Kelly faces a possible quarter of a century in prison.
What brought R Kelly to this point, and what is the context surrounding his arrest, conviction, and eventual conviction?
The Independent’s Graeme Massie investigates and explains the circumstances and crimes that led R Kelly to today’s verdict.
Graziosi GraigJune 30, 2022 03:00 am