R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in jail in the sex trafficking case.
In a Wednesday court proceeding in New York, R. Kelly was found guilty of federal sex trafficking charges and was given a 30-year jail term by U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly. In addition, he received a $100,000 fine and five years of supervised release.
The prosecution requested the Chicago-based R&B singer to get a sentence of at least 25 years in jail, while the defense pushed for a term of 10 years or less.
Last year, a jury convicted 55-year-old Kelly of racketeering and other charges.
Breon Peace, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, congratulated the ladies for coming forward during a news conference after the sentence and said that “justice was finally delivered.”
R. Kelly is a predator, and as a consequence of this case, he will spend a significant amount of time behind bars for his crimes.
He is “clearly saddened,” according to Kelly’s attorney Jennifer Bonjean. Still, she said the sentence “didn’t come as a huge big surprise.” She also said his team intended to appeal.
Gloria Allred, the women’s attorney, praised the “courageous” women who came forward and referred to Kelly as a “skilled sexual predator.”
In a statement made at a news conference held outside the courtroom on Wednesday, she added, “Together, they were able to overcome his influence by becoming powerful young women themselves.
She later said, “It’s been a long road to justice, but they’ve all been incredibly courageous, giving up a tremendous amount of time to collaborate and testify.
According to a lady named Lizzette Martinez, she was 17 years old when the alleged assault occurred. She is 45 now.
She stated, “I never imagined I would be here to see him being held responsible for the heinous things he committed to children. “I am glad; I don’t know what else to say.”
Another lady, Jovante, claimed to have “encountered” Kelly when she was 14 years old.
She said that she is “pleased” and “overwhelmed” by the sentence, adding, “There wasn’t a day in my life, up until this moment, that I felt this justice system would come through for Black and Brown females.
The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer’s behavior came under further criticism with the 2019 airing of the “Surviving R. Kelly” docuseries, in which victims talked openly about their interactions with him. Some said they were threatened with violence and forced to sign nondisclosure agreements.
Victims spoke in court on Wednesday, some through tears, claiming that Kelly had taken advantage of them, mistreated them, and misled his followers. As the victims spoke, Kelly did not make eye contact with them and instead stared straight ahead or downward as his hands were on the defense table.
Stephanie, a victim, recognized in court, said Kelly had lived a life of remorseless freedom and expressed her wish that he spend the rest of his days in prison. “You forced me to act in ways that left me feeling depressed… Because of how you made me feel, I wanted I would pass away.”
According to a victim named Angela, Kelly silenced his victims’ voices and “manipulated” millions of people into believing how he saw himself. But, she said, “Today, so many of your victims and I took it back.” We wanted to be heard today because we are no longer preying on people.
In the 1990s, rumors of Kelly abusing young girls first spread. He was charged with illegal child pornography about a separate girl after being sued in 1997 by a woman who claimed he had sexually assaulted and harassed her when she was still a minor.
In 2008, a Chicago jury found him not guilty, and Kelly settled.
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