R Kelly (54) was found guilty in New York court yesterday on all nine charges against him. The jury found him guilty of human trafficking, extortion and leading a decades-long plan to recruit women and underage girls and then sexually exploit them.
POSSIBLE LIFE SENTENCE
R Kelly is likely to face several decades in prison and possibly life in prison. The sentence is scheduled for May 4, 2022. According to his lawyer, R. Kelly is “very likely” to appeal.
This is the first criminal decision to be made in the R. Kelly case. That started August 18, but according to the allegations, the singer had been using his fame to recruit and blackmail victims for more than 25 years. He would also have used staff for this.
“Today’s sentencing forever marks R. Kelly as a predator who used his fame and fortune to prey on the young, the vulnerable and the voiceless for his own satisfaction,” said prosecutor Jacquelyn M. Kasulis. ” We hope the verdict can provide some measure of comfort and closure to the victims.”
Women have been voicing allegations of R. Kelly’s abuse and misconduct since the 1990s. This was covered extensively in the documentary Surviving R. Kelly, which came out in 2019. Not long after its release, the singer was arrested. That he has finally been found guilty is a great relief to the victims, witnesses and prosecutors.
“Today my voice has been heard,” writes Jerhonda Pace on Instagram. She was one of the women who made a statement in the case.
“For years I was ridiculed for speaking out about the abuse I suffered at the hands of that predator. People called me a liar and said I had no evidence. Some even said I spoke out for money. Speaking out about abuse is not easy, especially when your abuser is a famous person. But I did it”
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