R&B singer R Kelly has been sentenced by a New York federal court to 30 years in prison for masterminding an elaborate scheme to seduce and sexually exploit young aspiring singers and underage children.
The former ’90s superstar who was branded as “the Pied Piper of R&B” came face-to-face with several of his victims, who described his “outrageous and inexplicable” abuse during hearings. Had given.
Kelly’s conviction follows his conviction by a jury in September last year on several counts of racketeering related to bribery and forced labor.
The singer, who denied all charges, was found guilty on all nine counts against him after a six-week trial in Brooklyn, New York.
Sentencing Kelly, Judge Ann Donnelly said she had taught her victims that “love is slavery and violence”.
“Punishing another human being is probably the hardest thing a judge has to do,” she said.
“It’s fair to say, Mr. Kelly, that you’re a man who had some great advantage, you had world-wide fame and celebrity, untold money.
“Using your status and celebrity… you had a system of people that you used to lure young fans into your class.
“For young people in the mall trolling your minions…handing over your phone number…for a chance to meet R. Kelly.”
“You consider yourself a genius who can ‘do whatever I want with what I give to the world’.”
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With each addition of a new victim you grew, reducing any form of wickedness, arrogance, humanity or self-awareness, which soon became the breeding ground for your God-like complex.Victim ‘Angela’
Recalling her treatment of female victims, Judge Donnelly said there are parts of the testimony she “will never forget”.
“You taught them that love is slavery and violence,” she said.
Kelly, dressed in a gray prison-issue uniform, did not react to her sentencing.
He himself decided not to make any statement before the sentencing due to the pending case against him.
The singer is due to face charges related to child pornography and conspiracy to obstruct justice in Chicago in August.
The court heard statements of victim influence from seven women, presented anonymously in court, who described Kelly’s “god-like premises” and how she used her “fame and power” to seduce her victims. .
A woman using 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 every addition of a new victim you undermined any form of wickedness, arrogance, humanity or self-awareness, which soon became the breeding ground for your God-like complex.
“You were doing abominable things, saying and encouraging that no one should do it.
“We retrieve your name from under the shadow of your suffering trauma.”
At one point a woman known as Jane Doe number two withheld her statement, saying she “doesn’t want to interrupt (Kelly’s) conversation” as the singer appeared to be speaking to her lawyer.
“You’re an abuser, you’re shameless, you’re disgusting,” he told her.
The singer, real name Robert Sylvester Kelly, has been detained at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn since his sentence.
He is best known for songs including his first number one single Bump n’ Grind and the 1996 smash hit I Believe I Can Fly.
The latter became an inspirational anthem played at school graduations, weddings, commercials and elsewhere, including the inauguration of former US President Barack Obama in 2008.