Jury finds R. Kelly guilty on all charges, in a case that explored the sexual abuse of women, girls and boys over the course of two decades.
The jury, consisting of seven men and five women, reached their verdict after just two days of deliberation. Among the charges, Kelly is convicted of racketeering, sex trafficking, and bribery – as well as a multitude of other sexual abuse offenses.
The disgraced singer, whose legal name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, could now face up to 20-years in prison. He will be sentenced on May 4, 2022.
“Today’s guilty verdict forever brands R. Kelly as a predator,” stated prosecution lawyer, Jacquelyn Kasulis outside the courthouse, “who used his fame and fortune to prey on the young, the vulnerable, and the voiceless for his own sexual gratification.”
Another lawyer for the prosecution, Gloria Allred, said that Kelly was the worst sexual predator she had ever pursued.
“I have been practicing law for 47 years,” said Allred, “During this time I have pursued many sexual predators, who have committed crimes against women and children. Of all the predators that I have pursued, however, Mr. Kelly is the worst.”
Also addressing the press, Kelly’s lawyer Deveraux Cannick said he was “sure” they would appeal the verdict.
“Of course Mr. Kelly is disappointed,” said Cannick. “He was not anticipating this verdict, because based on the evidence, why should he anticipate this verdict?”
The verdict against R. Kelly is largely viewed as a victory for the #MeToo movement and an important step in ensuring the voices of black women are heard in cases of sexual abuse.
The Guardian reports that he is also facing separate child pornography and sex abuse charges in Chicago, Illinois, and Minnesota.
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