R. Kelly Guilty On All Counts In Federal Sex Trafficking & Racketeering Trial

Singer R. Kelly has been found guilty on all nine counts in his federal sex trafficking and racketeering trial in Brooklyn.
His Brooklyn trial began August 21. He was arrested by New York police and federal authorities in Chicago in 2019 and transferred to New York in June. He stood accused of being a serial sexual predator and leading a group that recruited women and young girls for sex during his years touring the world as a top R&B singer.
Kelly was acquitted of child pornography charges at a 2008 trial in Chicago. The trial was his first time in front of a criminal court jury in 13 years. This time, the charges included accusations by a half-dozen people that the "I Believe I Can Fly" singer was a serial sexual predator.
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Kelly broke Lifetime ratings records when it premiered January 3, 2019. Surviving R.
Some of the charges of sexual assault and bribery dated back more than 20 years.
He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison. Sentencing has been set for May 4. A jury of seven men and five women convicted Kelly (real name Robert Sylvester Kelly) this afternoon after nearly six weeks of sometimes lurid and graphic testimony.
But since then that his music has been boycotted, his conduct scrutinized by journalists and a spotlight on his activities was featured in a Lifetime documentary series, Surviving R. Kelly. Among the new accusations Kelly faced in the NYC trial were that an associate of the singer bribed a clerk in Cook County, IL, with $2,500 for information after the airing of the documentary in early 2019.
The verdict, which came quickly despite a complex felony case, is almost certain to be appealed.
Overall, Kelly has amassed 15 Top 10 singles stateside, the most recent in 2004, and a half-dozen No. 1 albums. 1 singles and 16 Top 10s in the UK. He also has had three No.
in early 1999. Questions have surrounded the five-time Grammy winner for much of his career. He followed that up with a run of six consecutive top 10 singles, capped by “I’m Your Angel,” a duet with Celine Dion that spent six weeks at No. "I Believe I Can Fly," his song from the 1996 movie Space Jam, spent four weeks at No, 2 in early 1997. He’d had a few minor pop hits before breaking out with “Bump N’ Grind,” which topped the Billboard 100 for a month in 1994. 1 in the U.S.

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