- The sentence will not be announced until May 2022, and Kelly will remain behind bars until then
- However, this is not his last trial. The federal prosecutor’s office in Chicago charged him with child pornography, and separate charges were brought against him by state investigators in Minnesota and Illinois
- Accusations against Kelly – a Grammy Award winner incl. for the hit “I believe I can fly” – dragged on for many years. In 2002, he was charged with child pornography, although six years later he was acquitted of the charges
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The jurors found 54-year-old Kelly guilty of all nine counts, eight of which concerned breach of the so-called the Manna Act prohibiting the importation of women from other states “for the purpose of prostitution or fornication.” One charge related to organized crime.
The author of hits such as “I believe I can fly” and “The Storm Is Over Now” faced 22 federal allegations. As a result, he ended up in prison.
The trial is the culmination of many years of accusations against a musician who, according to witnesses, sexually abused young girls – often underage – by treating them like slaves and forcing them to meet his needs. One of his victims testified, inter alia, that he kept her locked up for two days without food or drink before raping her. One of his victims was to be another music star, Aaliyah, whom Kelly illegally married when she was 15.
In addition to this sentence, Robert Kelly will face a second federal lawsuit in Illinois on charges of possessing child pornography and obstructing the justice system. Some of these charges relate to the 2008 Chicago child pornography trial, however, by then the musician was acquitted of all charges.
In January 2019, the six-episode Lifetime documentary was shown R. Kelly: all his victims, which detailed allegations of sexual abuse by many women. Robert Kelly denied the allegations made in the film.
The musician’s marriage to the then 15-year-old singer Aaliyah was hailed as a scandal. Kelly was 27 at the time, and was to force Aaliyah to marry him. On August 30, 1994, the marriage certificate gave false information – the girl said she was 18 years old. On February 7, 1995, the wedding was canceled.
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