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R Kelly found guilty of racketeering in sex-trafficking trial after decades of abuse allegations


R Kelly has been convicted in his sex abuse trial (Picture: Antonio Perez/Pool/AFP)

R. Kelly has been found guilty of racketeering in his federal sex crimes trial.

On September 27, the disgraced singer was convicted by a federal jury on all nine counts including racketeering and violations of the Mann Act, which prohibits the transport of ‘any woman or girl’ across state lines for any ‘immoral purpose.’

The guilty verdict on the main racketeering count in the indictment was announced in U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly’s courtroom in Brooklyn.

The 54-year-old was found guilty of sexually abusing women, boys and girls for decades, and now faces life in prison.

Kelly’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 4, 2022.

The game-changing verdict came after the jury heard from 50 witnesses over the six-week trial. Kelly refused to take the stand and testify in his own defense.

The singer sat with his lawyers Calvin Scholar and Thomas Farinella as the verdict was revealed (Picture: Reuters/Jane Rosenberg)

The prosecution presented evidence that Kelly allegedly abused 22 victims, however, the charges laid out in the indictment centered around six alleged victims.

CNN reports that during closing arguments, assistant US attorney Elizabeth Geddes said Kelly masterminded a scheme to ‘target, groom and exploit girls, boys and women.’

The anonymous jury of seven men and five women deliberated for about nine hours across two days before reaching their unanimous verdict.

The singer now faces life in prison (Picture: Jane Rosenberg/Reuters)

The musician denied all charges as prosecutors showed jurors how Kelly used a network of friends and employees to transport his victims across state lines, control their actions and facilitate the sexual abuse.

Outside the courtroom, Kelly’s lawyer, Deveraux Cannick, told reporters his team was ‘disappointed with the verdict’ and claimed they would be exploring options for appeal.

Kelly, was first arrested on sex-related charges in 2002 after a video, allegedly showing him having sex with a 14-year-old girl, was sent to the Chicago Sun-Times, but he was acquitted in 2008 after lengthy delays.

The musician is currently facing further accusations of sexual exploitation of children and has also pleaded not guilty to the charges in the states of Illinois and Minnesota.

The singer has been in custody since 2019.

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