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A federal jury on Wednesday convicted R&B singer and songwriter R Kelly of at least 1 charge of child pornography. The jury in Chicago came to the conclusion after sifting through evidence and arguments on charges accusing the singer of producing child pornography and enticing minors for sex.
R. Kelly was found not guilty of obstructing a 2008 case that ended with his acquittal. He and two associates had been accused of trying to bribe and threaten witness in the case. He was also found not guilty on a fourth pornography count, on three counts of conspiring to receive child pornography and two encitement charges.
Previously, R Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for using his superstardom to subject young fans — some just children — to systematic sexual abuse, reported Variety. R Kelly, 55, was convicted of racketeering and sex trafficking last year at a trial that gave voice to accusers who had once wondered if their stories were being ignored because they were Black women.
The US District Judge Ann Donnelly imposed the sentence on Wednesday after hearing from several survivors who attested to how Kelly’s exploitation reverberated across their lives.
“You made me do things that broke my spirit. I literally wished I would die because of how low you made me feel,” said one unnamed survivor, directly addressing Kelly, who kept his hands folded and his eyes downcast. “Do you remember that?” Kelly did not address the court.
In 2019, American singer and songwriter R Kelly was charged with 11 new counts of sexual assault in Illinois, United States and if proven, he may receive a sentence of at least 30 years, reported The Chicago Sun-Times.