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R Kelly convicted of multiple child porn charges

Rachel Lang

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R Kelly convicted of multiple child porn charges

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Rapper R Kelly has been found guilty by a US court on six counts out of 13 following his child abuse trial in Chicago.

The 55-year-old singer was found guilty by a jury on three counts of child pornography and three of child enticement.

The US rapper - full name Robert Sylvester Kelly - was also acquitted on a conspiracy to obstruct justice charge.

That charge accused him of fixing his state child pornography trial in 2008.

A fourth pornography charge was also dropped.

The rapper was found not guilty for two more enticement charges and not guilty on all three counts of conspiring to receive child pornography.

The latest legal blow for the rapper as it follows his convictions in June.

Credit: Sipa US / Alamy.
Credit: Sipa US / Alamy.

He was sentenced to 30 years in prison for racketeering and sex trafficking women and minors.

The latest court case is now expected to increase his time behind bars.

In September 2021, the 'I Believe I Can Fly' singer was found guilty of one count of racketeering and eight counts of sex trafficking.

The 55-year-old faced a minimum of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life in prison.

His legal team argued he should only serve 10 years due to the fact that he experienced 'prolonged childhood sexual abuse, poverty, and violence'.

However, jurors at the US District Court in New York sentenced him to three decades behind bars for his crimes on June 29.

Various victim impact statements were given during the June hearing from women whose identities are only stated as 'Jane Doe' to protect their privacy.

Addressing Kelly directly, Jane Doe 1 said: "The pied piper of R&B, both in music and in technique and in approach.

"Success and love... you presented these glittering gems as if they were gold.

R Kelly's mugshot. Credit: Archive PL / Alamy
R Kelly's mugshot. Credit: Archive PL / Alamy

"With every addition of a new victim you grew in wickedness, cockiness, diminishing any form of humanity or self-awareness, which soon became the breeding ground for your God-like complex.

"You were doing, saying and encouraging despicable things that no one should be doing. We reclaim our names from beneath the shadows of your afflicted trauma."

Jane Doe 2 told him: "You are an abuser, you are shameless, you are disgusting."

When Judge Ann M. Donnelly sentenced Kelly, she said 'the public has to be protected from behaviours like this'.

"[Kelly had] a network of people at his disposal to target girls, boys and young women for his own sexual gratification," prosecutors argued.

During Kelly's 2008 trial, prosecutors played a video that they alleged showed Kelly abusing a teenager, The Mirror reports.

The woman in the film, who was given the pseudonym Jane, did not testify at that trial.

Jurors gave this as the reason they couldn't convict Kelly in 2008.

But she has now given her testimony in court, revealing that Kelly sexually abused her hundreds of times, eventually leading to the rapper's conviction.

Topics: US News, Music, Crime, News

Rachel Lang
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