R. Kelly, a singer, was found guilty on Wednesday, September 14, by a US federal court in Chicago of making movies with child pornographic content and sexually abusing youngsters.
His previous term of 30 years for other sex offences had already been served, and the latest sentence will lengthen that time in jail; the exact duration is still unknown.
The primary piece of evidence in the new conviction was a video that showed the musician peeing on a 14-year-old girl. One of the witnesses was the injured person. One of the witnesses was the victim.
There were two additional videos showing R. Kelly abusing minors. Several more women who had experienced sexual assault as youngsters testified in court against the entertainer.
Although the musician was absent from court on Wednesday, his attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, claimed that he was a “victim of extortion and financial exploitation.”
R. Kelly’s Charges
He was given a 30-year prison sentence in June 2022 for running a network that exploited young girls and women sexually for years.
The punishment was given by Judge Ann Donnelly in federal court in New York, United States, about a year after Kelly, 55, was found guilty by a state jury. In addition to other offences, he was reacting to allegations of racketeering.
The testimony of a number of accusers, who described the ways in which they were abused by the singer, was also heard during the session on Wednesday.
If Kelly is found guilty in another federal trial in Chicago for child pornography and obstruction, which is slated for August 15, he may add decades to his sentence. Kelly was once one of the most well-known R&B artists in the world.
In Minnesota and Illinois, he is still facing state accusations.
In 2008, when he was declared not guilty on 14 counts related to child pornography, he had already avoided being convicted.
The singer, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was charged with one count of organized crime and eight violations of the Mann Act, which forbids transporting individuals for sexual purposes over state boundaries. He refuted all accusations.
Federal authorities charged the singer with directing a group of businesspeople, security guards, and other individuals who recruited women and girls for him to have sex with and abuse in addition to making pornography, including child pornography.
Kelly was found guilty, among other things, of bribing a government official who authorized his marriage to singer Aaliyah (1979-2001) in 1994, when she was just 15 years old.