This is the first time the R&B singer has been convicted of sexual offenses against minors and young women.
New York –R KellyThe R&B singer, who rose to fame in the 1990s, has been found guilty by a jury in a Brooklyn federal case on all counts of racketeering and sex trafficking-related charges against him.
After nine hours of deliberation, a jury of seven men and five women found Kelly guilty of one count of racketeering and eight counts of violation of the Mann Act, which prohibits the transportation of persons across state lines for the purpose of prostitution. Is. The verdict came at around 3.15 p.m. Eastern US time on Monday during the seventh week of testing.
Kelly was wearing a blue suit and blue tie as soon as the guilty verdict came. The R&B singer showed little emotion while wearing a white mask to protect himself from Covid-19.
Sentencing is set for May 4, 2021 at 10 a.m. Eastern US time.
The trial, which began in mid-August, lasted six weeks. The jury heard the testimony of 50 witnesses; 45 were called by the prosecution and only five were called by the defence. Of the 45 witnesses who testified for the prosecution, 11 were accusers, six of whom testified that they were underage at the time of the alleged sexual encounter with Kelly. Witnesses to the defense included a former security guard, Kelly’s accountant, and a visiting artist who he says worked with Kelly for more than a decade.
The testimonies of eight Jane Doe and two John Doe were the most memorable parts of the trial. Almost all of the accusers described a terrifying atmosphere of control and fear when they were in a sexual relationship with an R&B singer. Many testified that Kelly enforced strict rules that included calling him “Daddy”, physically thrashing him, and controlling the clothes he wore, what he ate and where he was allowed to travel. Went. a gen doe where kelly punished him While he was writing to her, his face and mouth began to rub his feces.
One victim said of Kelly during her testimony, “He can instill in me the fear of God very quickly.”
At the center of the government’s case were six Jane Du referred to as Stephanie, Sonja, Gerhonda, Jane, Faith and Alia, the first five to take the stand to testify about the alleged physical, sexual and emotional abuse. of R&B singer. Alia was the only victim not to take a stand since her death in a plane crash in 2001. Prosecutors said three of the six, including Aaliyah, were minors when Kelly began abusing them.
Two John Does also took the stand and testified. A man named Louis said that Kelly sexually abused him when he was 17. The second John Doe, Alex, testified that at the age of 20 he began having sex with Kelly and others under Kelly’s direction.
Kelly’s defense attorneys repeatedly portrayed the accusers as liars, stalkers and gangsters, dismissing their claims of physical and sexual abuse as a way to extort money from Kelly. “Many people watched ‘Surviving R. Kelly,’ and now many people are Surviving R. Kelly,” defense attorney Deverox Cannick said in closing statements, referring to the explosive Lifetime documentary series that starred Kelly. drew public attention to the alleged allegation. Crime.
Kelly’s criminal case in New York is only the first of his upcoming court battles. He is also facing several other sexual abuse charges, including a federal case in Chicago and two local cases in Chicago and Michigan.