Shortly after a jury found her guilty of a decades-old scheme to recruit women and teenage girls for sex, Gloria Allred, a women’s rights attorney who represented many of the singer’s accusers, walked out of Federal Court in Brooklyn. stood up and declared “justice”. It is done.”
Ms Allred has often represented women who have been victims of sexual assault and sexual assault by powerful men – including in the case against filmmaker Harvey Weinstein. But she added that “Mr. Kelly is the worst of all the hunters I’ve chased.”
Mr Kelly used his personality to molest and sexually abuse underage girls, Ms Allred said, and used a network of supporters to help create and perpetuate a world of suffering and abuse. Was. Mr Kelly also deliberately spread herpes to his victims, she said.
Ms Allred represented three of the six victims whose accounts were at the center of the case, as well as two other key witnesses in the trial. He also represented a third who were not finally called to testify.
“Let this be a message to other celebrities who use their fame to victimize their fans,” said Ms. Allred. “The issue is not whether the law will catch you, the only question is when.”
Acting Attorney Jacqueline Kasulis for the Eastern District of New York also spoke at the conference, applauding the verdict and the “bravery and resilience” of the survivors, whose testimony was central to the case against Mr.