May 19, 2022

R. Kelly Found Guilty In 7 Count Of S£x Trafficking And Exportation

R&B superstar R.Kelly was found guilty of racketeering in a high-profile sex-trafficking case after a long trail of sexual misconduct and abuse allegations.

Despite the fact that R.Kelly, best known for the 1996 hit “I Believe I Can Fly,” pleaded not guilty to all charges in the case and did not take the stand in his own defence, prosecutors in the trial, which centred on the allegations of six people, claimed that the singer was a serial sexual predator who abused young women as well as underage girls and boys for more than two decades.

Since he was formally charged in 2019, the singer has been in custody and on trial in New York for one count of racketeering, with 14 underlying acts including sexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping, bribery, and sex trafficking charges.

He was also charged with eight more counts of violating the Mann Act, a sex trafficking law that prohibits the transport of people across state lines “for any immoral purpose.”

During the five-week trial, fifty prosecution and defence witnesses testified, including victims identified as “Jane Does” in Kelly’s indictments. There were 45 witnesses for the prosecution.

He was found guilty of six counts of sexual exploitation of a child, bribery, kidnapping, racketeering, and sex trafficking. His sentencing hearing in New York is set for May 4, 2022. Kelly could face a prison sentence ranging from 10 years to life.