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American Singer R Kelly Jailed For 30 Years In S*x Trafficking Case

U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly in Brooklyn federal court said the evidence reflected Kelly's "indifference to human suffering" and "sheer brutality" toward his victims.

By Ashita Singh
Thu, 30 Jun 2022 11:41 AM IST
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American Singer R Kelly Jailed For 30 Years In S*x Trafficking Case
R. Kelly (Pic Credits- Reuters)

American Singer R. Kelly was sentenced to a 30-year jail on Wednesday for using his fame to s*xually abuse young female fans, including some who were just childrens. R Kelly aka Robert Sylvester Kelly, a 55-year-old singer, was found guilty of racketeering and eight charges of breaking the Mann Act, which forbids moving persons between states for prostitution.

A total of 45 witnesses testified for the government, and the disgraced R&B singer has been imprisoned since July 2019. He is still facing accusations in Chicago of child pornography and obstructing the course of justice, in addition to charges from state courts in Illinois and Minnesota.

While announcing the sentence, U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly in Brooklyn federal court said the evidence reflected Kelly's "indifference to human suffering" and "sheer brutality" toward his victims.

"This case is not about s*x. It's about violence and cruelty and control," Donnelly told Kelly. "You left in your wake a trail of broken lives."

Meanwhile, after a long six-week trial it was revealed how Kelly used workers and intermediaries to entice fans and aspiring singers into s*xually abusive and controlling conditions, including locking them in rooms without food or access to a bathroom for days. Kelly, one of the most successful hitmakers of the 1990s and early 2000s, was found guilty of all nine counts against him in September.

Even though Kelly had been found guilty of planning for decades to recruit women, underage girls, and men for s*x, his lawyer, Jennifer Bonjean, who also represented Bill Cosby in his successful appeal of a s*xual assault conviction last year, argued for a minimum sentence of no more than 10 years in prison, claiming that the singer's own abuse as a child may have contributed to his "hypers*xuality" later in life.

Angela, the first victim to speak, stood at a lectern and addressed Kelly directly as she described him as a Pied Piper who seduced youngsters with his wealth and notoriety.

"With every addition of a new victim, you grew in wickedness. You used your fame and power to groom and coach underage boys and girls for your own s*xual gratification. We are no longer the preyed-upon individuals we once prayed that god reaches your soul," she said.

The last four years have been a brutal awakening of how my silence has harmed others, according to a second victim named Addie, who expressed guilt over remaining quiet for decades about her 1990s encounter with Kelly.

Nine women and two men gave vivid accounts of Kelly's s*xual and mental abuse at the trial last autumn, and some of them testified under oath that they were minors when he first had s*x with them.

Kelly allegedly exhibits no remorse for or even acknowledgement of his unlawful behaviour, displaying "a callous disregard" for the effects of his abuse, which was allegedly "fueled by narcissism and a belief that his musical talent absolved him of any need to conform to his conduct" to the law, according to the prosecution's letter regarding the sentencing, as reported by Variety.

Following the punishment, Kelly will probably be moved to Chicago, where he will stand trial in August on allegations of obstruction and child pornography.

(With Agencies Inputs)

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