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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

R. Kelly appears to serve his sentence for sexual abuse

NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — R&B star R. Kelly faces the prospect of spending a quarter century or more in prison when he is sentenced Wednesday in a federal sex-trafficking case in New York.

A jury found the 55-year-old singer guilty of racketeering and other charges last year in a trial that was seen as a turning point in the #MeToo era.

Outrage over Kelly’s sexual misconduct with young women and minors was fueled by the widely watched documentary series “Surviving Are Kelly”, which gave a voice to the accusers, who asked whether their stories had previously been ignored. because they were black women.

U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly will deliver her sentence in federal court in Brooklyn after hearing testimony from the victims and possibly Kelly herself.

Prosecutors are seeking a sentence of at least 25 years, while the defense says he does not deserve a sentence of 10 years or less.

Kelly’s lawyers argued in court papers that she should be granted relief in part because she “experienced a traumatic childhood that included prolonged and severe childhood sexual abuse, poverty and violence.”

He added: “His harassment continued into adulthood, where because of his literacy deficiencies, the defendant was repeatedly financially defrauded and abused, often by those he paid to defend himself.”

An operation prosecutors said the jury indicted the “I Believe I Can Fly” hitmaker after hearing how he used his crew of managers and assistants to meet the girls and keep them obedient, to a criminal enterprise. Zodiac.

Several of the accusers testified that when they were minors, Kelly subjected them to perverted and tragic whims.

Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, used his “fame, money and popularity” to “systematically hunt girls and young women for their sexual gratification,” prosecutors filed earlier this month. was written in a document.

The accusers alleged that they were ordered to sign confidentiality documents and were subjected to threats and punishment, including violent whipping, if they called “Rob’s Law.”

Some said they believed the singer would use a sex videotape against them if they uncovered what was happening.

There was evidence that Kelly gave herpes to several accusers without revealing that she had an STD, forcing a teenage boy to have sex with a naked girl, who was wearing a boxing ring in his garage. and recorded an embarrassing video of a victim. Showing his face covered with feces as a punishment for breaking his rules.

Evidence was also presented about a fraudulent marriage plan hatched to protect Kelly for fear of impregnating R&B sensation Aaliyah in 1994, when she was just 15. Eyewitnesses said the singers married using a license matching jogging suits, which incorrectly listed the singer’s age as 18; Kelly was 27 years old at the time.

Aaliyah worked with Kelly, who wrote and produced her 1994 debut album Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number. He died in a plane crash in 2001 at the age of 22.

A defense memo suggested that prosecutors’ arguments for a higher sentence were overshadowed by falsely claiming that Kelly had participated in bribing a government official to facilitate an illegal marriage.

Kelly’s lawyers also said it was wrong to say that he should have received more jail time because he sexually abused one of his victims—who was referred to in court under the generic name “Jane”—to his mother. After the father innocently assigned her to help him. with his music career.

“The record shows that Jane’s parents instructed Jane to lie to the defendant about her age and then encouraged her to seduce him,” the documents state.

Kelly has been in jail without bail since 2019. He still faces charges of child pornography and justice in Chicago, where his trial is set to begin Aug.

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