(RepublicanPress.org) – Federal prosecutors recently rested their case against famous R&B artist R. Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly. It didn’t take long for jurors to reach a verdict.
On Monday, September 27, after hearing the testimony of 45 witnesses, a jury of 5 women and 7 men found Kelly guilty of all the charges listed in his 9-count indictment. It only took jury members about nine hours of deliberation, spread over two days, to find the singer guilty on a variety of charges. They included racketeering and Mann Act violations, a federal law prohibiting the trafficking of women or girls across state lines for any “immoral purpose.”
Breaking News: R. Kelly was found guilty of being the ringleader of a decades-long scheme to recruit women and underage girls for sex. The verdict represents the first criminal consequence for the singer after decades of accusations of sexual abuse. https://t.co/NhoXmER3iK pic.twitter.com/4HLCG5focA
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 27, 2021
The case centered around the testimony of 11 accusers: 9 women and 2 men, who accused Kelly of physical and sexual abuse that spanned decades.
Kelly’s legal team, which included four attorneys, argued that Kelly’s alleged criminal enterprise amounted to the usual business practices of any successful music company. His lawyers also claimed his victims were jealous fans who entered into consensual relationships with the singer.
Acting US Attorney Jacquelyn Kasulist spoke to reporters outside the courthouse shortly after the jury handed down its verdict. “Your voices were heard,” she noted, speaking to R. Kelly’s many victims. “No one [deserved] what they experienced” at the hands of the singer.
Kelly could receive 10 years to life in prison at his upcoming sentencing hearing scheduled for May 4, 2022.
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