R. Kelly found guilty on all counts in racketeering, sex trafficking trial

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The jury announced its verdict on Monday

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R. Kelly has been indicted on all nine counts of his racketeering and sex trafficking. The jury announced its decision on Monday.

The US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York confirmed the conviction on Twitter. “R. Kelly has been convicted of racketeering by a federal jury in Brooklyn,” read the statements.

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“R Kelly found guilty on all counts,” it later added.

The panel of seven men and five women began deliberations in a federal court in Brooklyn, New York, on Friday before taking the weekend off.

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In R Kelly sex-trafficking trial, prosecutor urges jury to hold singer ‘responsible’ for sexual abuse

The 54-year-old R&B singer was facing one count of racketeering, including 14 felony counts of child sexual abuse, kidnapping, bribery and sex trafficking charges. The allegations are more than two decades old.

Kelly was also charged with eight violations of the Mann Act, which makes it illegal to transport anyone across state lines “for any immoral purpose.”

The allegations were based on an argument that the crew of managers and associates who helped the singer meet the girls – and kept them obedient and calm – amounted to a criminal enterprise.

Several witnesses gave explosive testimony at trial, most of which recounted how Kelly subjected them to perverse and tragic whims at an early age. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Prosecutors play R. Kelly tapes in court as government case declines

Assistant U.S. Attorney Nadia Shihata said in a fiery rebuttal of the defense’s closing argument in federal court in Brooklyn that portrayed Kelly as a victim of false accusations.

Prosecutors say their evidence proves how Kelly, with the help of some loyal members of his crew, used tactics from “The Predator Playbook” to sexually abuse his victims.

Tactics included isolating them in a hotel room or its recording studio, subjecting them to abusive rules such as making them “daddy” and shooting video recordings – some seen at trial by a jury – sexually with one of them. to have ties and control them as another means, prosecutors said.

The accusers alleged that they were also ordered to sign non-disclosure forms and subjected to threats and punishments such as violent beatings if they were referred to as “Rob’s Law”. . Some said they believed the videotape they had shot would be used against them if they uncovered what was happening.

Among other more disturbing scenes: Kelly keeping a gun by his side while he reprimanded one of his accusers as a prelude to forcing him to perform oral sex in a Los Angeles music studio; Kelly has been giving shingles to several alleged victims without telling them they have STDs; Kelly forced a teenage boy to have sex with a naked girl who came out from under a boxing ring in his garage; And Kelly shot an embarrassing video of an alleged victim showing feces on her face as punishment for breaking her rules.

Kelly will be sentenced on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, and will face decades in prison.


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