R. Kelly is going to spend the foreseeable future behind bars. The rapper was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison after being convicted on a variety of charges.
According to Us Weekly, Kelly was sentence in a New York court on Wednesday, June 29. He was found guilty of racketeering, a form of organized crime that uses fraud and/or coercion to turn a profit. The publication notes he was also convicted of “14 underlying acts that included sexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping, bribery and sex trafficking.”
Additionally, Kelly was found guilty of sex trafficking. Specifically, he was convicted of violating 8 counts of the Mann Act, which prohibits the transport of females across state lines for “immoral purpose.”
“These crimes were calculated and carefully planned and regularly executed for almost 25 years,” the judge, Ann M. Donnelly, told the Grammy winner while handing down his sentencing. “You taught them that love is enslavement and violence.”
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The R&B singer’s trial started in August 2021 after years of allegations of misconduct. He was accused to recruiting women (including minors) to engaged in sexual activity with him dating back to 1999.
One of his victims includes his former wife, Aaliyah. He married the singer in 1994 when she was 15 years old and he was 27. Kelly had become her mentor after she was signed to Jive Records at the age of 12. The pair’s marriage was annulled by her parents the following year after it was revealed she used a false birth certificate that claimed she was 18. The marriage was deemed illegal.
Kelly’s lawyer, Deveraux Cannick, previously tried to argue that 2019 Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly motivated alleged victims to come forward and make false claims against the musician due to his star power.
“A lot of people watched Surviving R. Kelly, and unfortunately, a lot of people are now surviving off R. Kelly,” the attorney claimed.
Ultimately, however, a jury found Kelly guilty, and now nearly a year later, his sentencing has been announced.
However, Kelly could face more jail time, as he’s facing separate charges for obstruction of justice as well as having illicit material featuring children in his possession. He was previously charged with possessing pornography featuring a minor in 2002. However, a jury found him not guilty after it was determined there was not enough evidence to prove the content in question featured a minor.