Singer R.Kelly was found guilty of multiple sex crimes during his trial in court in Brooklyn, New York. The interpreter of “I Believe, I Can Fly” has been remanded in custody and faces life imprisonment.
On Monday, September 27, 2021, singer R.Kelly was found guilty of sex crimes, including directing for several years “a system” exploitation of young women, including minors. For nearly six weeks, the ex-R’n’B star was tried on nine counts such as sexual exploitation of a minor, kidnapping, corruption, extortion and forced labor.
The federal court in Brooklyn, New York, tried R.Kelly for facts dating back to 1994 and going until 2018. During the trial, testimonies of women, girls and boys followed one another. The singer notably blackmailed his victims through photos or videos of a sexual nature in order to keep them “docile” and “silent”, according to the judges. A 23-year-old young woman called “Jane Doe No 5” to preserve her identity, also confided that the American controlled all her life, beat her and humiliated her regularly.
R.Kelly has always denied the charges against her and has always pleaded not guilty. Following the verdict, Deveraux Cannik, one of the singer’s lawyers, announced that they were “disappointed” and that they were considering appealing.
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The prison sentence will be handed down on May 4, 2022
The artist also faces criminal charges relating to the sexual abuse of minors in Illinois and Minnesota (United States). In 2020, R. Kelly was also tried, then acquitted for possession of child pornography images. R. Kelly’s jail sentence will be handed down on May 4, 2022 for the Brooklyn federal court trial. For now, the singer has been remanded in custody and faces life imprisonment.