R Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison in a sex abuse case in US federal court in New York.
The 55-year-old former 90s R&B star has been convicted of orchestrating a scheme to bring in and sexually exploit young singers and aspiring children.
Dubbed “the Pied Piper of R&B,” Kelly faced several of his victims in court who detailed his “deplorable and inexplicable” abuse before his sentencing.
The latest sentencing comes after he was found guilty of multiple racketeering charges, related to bribery and forced labor, by a jury in September last year.
R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years by US federal court
Kelly, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was also found guilty of breaking an anti-sex trafficking law known as the Mann Act.
The singer, who has denied all charges, was found guilty of all nine counts against him after a six-week trial in Brooklyn, New York.
Judge Ann Donnelly said he used his “goons” to “draw young fans into your orbit” as she sentenced Kelly.
Kelly didn’t seem to react when his sentence was handed down while he was wearing his gray prison uniform.
The court heard victim impact statements from seven women, presented anonymously in court, which detailed Kelly’s “god complex” and how he used his “fame and power” to lure his victims.
A woman who used the pseudonym Angela told her, “The Pied Piper of R&B, both in music and in technique and approach.
“Success and love…you presented these sparkling gems as if they were gold.
“With each addition of a new victim, you grew in meanness, arrogance, diminishing any form of humanity or self-awareness, which quickly became the breeding ground for your god complex.
“You were doing, saying and encouraging despicable things that no one should do.
“We recover our names under the shadow of your afflicted trauma.”
At one point, a woman known as Jane Doe Number Two cut off her statement, saying she “didn’t want to interrupt (Kelly’s) conversation” as the singer appeared to be talking to his attorney.
“You’re an aggressor, you’re brazen, you’re disgusting,” she told him.
Kelly has been held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn since her sentencing last year.
In her sentencing remarks, Judge Donnelly told Kelly, “Convicting another human being is probably the hardest thing a judge has to do.
“It’s fair to say, Mr. Kelly, you are a person who had a great advantage, you had worldwide fame and fame, untold money,” she said.
“Using your status and celebrity… you had a people system that you used to get young fans into your orbit.
“Troll your youth minions at the mall…give out your phone number…for the opportunity to meet R Kelly.
“You imagined yourself to be a genius who can do ‘anything I want because of what I give to the world’.”
Recalling her treatment of her female victims, Judge Donnelly said there were parts of the testimony she would never forget.
“You taught them that love is slavery and violence,” she added.
He is known for his songs, including his first number one single Bump N’ Grind and the 1996 hit I Believe I Can Fly.
The 1996 track is one that has been played widely at graduations, weddings, commercials and elsewhere, including former US President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2008 since its release.
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This notice was published: 2022-06-29 19:28:54