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R. Kelly is found GUILTY of racketeering after orchestrating a sex ring targeting children

After being found GUILTY of all nine counts of sex trafficking and racketeering, R Kelly, 54, faces a sentence of 100 years in prison. Over three decades, the R&B singer recruited and sexually abused women, girls, and boys.

After nine hours of deliberation and a six-week trial, including gruesome testimony, a jury of seven men and five women reached the verdict.

He could face a sentence of up to 100 years in prison, with 20 years for racketeering and 10 years for each sex trafficking conviction. On May 4, 2022, the defendant will be sentenced. Kelly had remained in detention since October 2019, when he was denied bail in his New York City case.

After prosecutors and defense attorneys ended their closing statements on Friday in Brooklyn, the jury began weighing federal racketeering and sex trafficking accusations against the superstar.

Prosecutors claim that Robert Sylvester Kelly, 54, led a Chicago-based criminal business for nearly three decades, ‘targeting, grooming, and exploiting kids, boys, and women for forced sex and mental agony.’

Kelly, according to the witnesses, subjected them to strange and sadistic whims when they were minors. He has categorically denied any misconduct.

Bribery, kidnapping, forced labor rape, druggings, imprisonment, and child pornography were among the crimes detailed in the distressing testimony. The following are some of the significant allegations from the trial:

Assaulting minors and purposefully infecting them with herpes

After impregnating victims, forcing them to get abortions

He slaps, chokes, spits on, and urinates on his victims.

Kelly's (pictured in court on September 27 as the jury foreman reads the guilty verdict) guilty verdict follows 21 days of evidence including 50 witnesses and hours of searing testimony featuring accusations of rape, druggings, imprisonment and child pornography
Kelly’s (pictured in court on September 27 as the jury foreman reads the guilty verdict) guilty verdict follows 21 days of evidence including 50 witnesses and hours of searing testimony featuring accusations of rape, druggings, imprisonment and child pornography
R. Kelly (pictured in 2019) was found guilty of all nine counts of racketeering and sex trafficking by a federal jury on Monday during his sex trafficking trial where prosecutors accused the R&B singer of exploiting his stardom over a quarter-century to lure women and underage girls into his orbit for sex 
Attorney Gloria Allred addresses the media following R. Kelly's guilty verdict, calling him the worst sexual predator she has come across in her decades representing victims
Attorney Gloria Allred addresses the media following R. Kelly’s guilty verdict, calling him the worst sexual predator she has come across in her decades representing victims
Jacquelyn Kasulis, the interim U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York who prosecuted the case, said the verdict 'forever brands R. Kelly as a predator, who used his fame and fortune to prey on the young, the vulnerable and the voiceless for his own sexual gratification'
Jacquelyn Kasulis, the interim U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York who prosecuted the case, said the verdict ‘forever brands R. Kelly as a predator, who used his fame and fortune to prey on the young, the vulnerable and the voiceless for his own sexual gratification’

Creating child pornography by recording sexual interactions with his underage accusers.

When his victims broke his orders, he subjected them to brutal punishments such as beatings or incarceration in chambers without access to food, water, or a restroom.

Forcing his victims to sign letters denying that he had abused them.

If his accusers or their families tried to leave him or press charges, he threatened them and their families.

His illegitimate marriage to singer Aaliyah necessitated getting a fake ID for the then-15-year-old for the wedding to occur.

Kelly's (pictured in 2019) trial centered around six women
Kelly’s (pictured in 2019) trial centered around six women

After being found GUILTY of all nine counts of sex trafficking and racketeering, R Kelly, 54, faces a sentence of 100 years in prison. Over three decades, the R&B singer recruited and sexually abused women, girls, and boys.

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