R Kelly found guilty in sex-trafficking trial & faces decades in jail

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r kelly was on monday Found guilty The racketeering case came to light after his sex trafficking trial ended after six weeks of graphic testimony.

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The singer is now facing decades in prison after pleading not guilty to the sexual abuse charges for more than two decades.

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R Kelly has been found guilty in his sex-trafficking trial (stock image)
R.  Kelly's Lawyer Walks to the Brooklyn Courthouse

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R. Kelly’s Lawyer Walks to the Brooklyn Courthousecredit: getty

Kelly – Wearing a mask – Keep your eyes low and still as the verdict was read aloud.

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A jury of seven men and five women found Kelly guilty of racketeering on the day of their second deliberation.

The jurors began the day by sending a note to the judge, asking for transcripts of testimony and legal explanation by two of Kelly’s former employees.

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

The 54-year-old hitmaker, best known for the 1996 smash hit I Believe I Can Fly, has been behind bars for decades now.

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 of the accused testified in vague detail during the trial, alleging that Kelly subjected them to perverted and sadistic whims at an early age.

Kelly was also convicted of criminal charges accusing him of violating the Mann Act, which makes it illegal to transport anyone “for any immoral purpose” across state lines.

Kelly lawyer ‘disappointed’

Kelly’s attorney, Deverox Canick, said he was “disappointed.”

The guilty verdict comes more than 10 years after the musician was acquitted of child pornography charges at an Illinois state trial.

A widely watched documentary “Surviving Are Kelly” helped put his case back in the spotlight.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Maria Cruz Melendez argued that Kelly was a serial abuser who “maintained control over these victims by using every trick in the hunter handbook.”

Prosecutors said the accusers were ordered to call him “Daddy,” and expected to jump up and kiss him whenever he walked into a room, and would only cheer for him when he played a pickup basketball game. There were

sad testimony

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.

Some of the most harrowing testimonies heard was that Kelly gave herpes to several alleged victims without even telling them they had STDs.

The court also heard that he forced a teenage boy to have sex with a naked girl who came out from under a boxing ring in his garage.

The jurors were also told that Kelly shot an embarrassing video of an alleged victim, which showed her rubbing feces on her face as punishment for breaking her rules.

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One of the accusers said that she was held captive and drugged, sexually assaulted her before she came out.

Other testimony focused on Kelly’s relationship with the late singer Aaliyah, whom he married when she was just 15 years old.

The defense dubbed the accusers a “group” and a “hunter”.

Born as Robert Sylvester Kelly, Kelly has been in jail without bail since 2019.

The New York case is only one part of the legal crisis facing the singer.

He has also pleaded not guilty to sex-related charges in Illinois and Minnesota. The hearing dates in those cases have not yet been fixed.

Kelly nodded as she read the verdict aloud

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Kelly nodded as she read the verdict aloudcredit: Reuters

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