RNB singer R Kelly was accused of using his fame to lure underage girls and women into sex and had been found guilty of sex trafficking abuse trial in Brooklyn, New York.
The singer pleaded not guilty to racketeering and violating the federal law by transporting illegal people across the state lines for prostitution along eight counts on sex trafficking.
Nine women and two men, took the stand over the six-week trial to describe sexual humiliation and violence from R Kelly.
However, A jury of seven men and five women found Kelly, guilty on all counts after just their second day of deliberations.
One woman who testified that Kelly imprisoned, drugged and raped her said in a written statement after the verdict that she had “been hiding” from Kelly due to threats made against her since she went public with her accusations.
She added “I’m ready to start living my life free from fear and to start the healing process,”.
Acting US Attorney Jacquelyn Kasulis, identifies R Kelly as a forever predator who uses fame and fortune to prey on young and vulnerable women for his own sexual satisfaction.
“Today’s guilty 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,” she said.
She added “To the victims in this case, your voices were heard and justice was finally served.”
She further said R Kelly is the worst sex offender she has ever encountered .
Meanwhile Deveraux Cannick, a lawyer for R Kelly, said the defence was “disappointed”.
“I think I’m even more disappointed the government brought the case in the first place given all the inconsistencies,” He said.
R Kelly whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, popularly known for the anthem “I Believe I Can Fly “faces up to 20 years in prison and is due to be sentenced on 4 May, 2022.
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