Judgment in the abuse process against star singers R. Kelly (54, “I Belive I Can Fly”)! In the monster indictment, the R&B singer was found guilty on Monday!
Kelly now faces between ten years and life imprisonment.
The jury (seven men and five women) reached the verdict after a total of nine hours of deliberation.
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In the dock, the singer stoically stared forward while the chairman of the jury read the litany of judgments.
Kelly was accused of having concocted a “criminal plot” with the help of his closest advisers: The star would have brought underage women to who would have been sexually abused and threatened.
In the six-week trial in a federal court building in downtown Brooklyn (New York), the singer had to answer for nine counts – on Monday shortly after 3 p.m. he was found guilty on all of them:
► In one for the sexual exploitation of children, kidnapping and forced labor
► and eight others for violations of a law that prohibits the transport of persons for the purpose of prostitution across state borders.
Kelly’s fate is now in the hands of the seven men and five women of the “jury” who have been discussing the verdict – “guilty” or “not guilty” – since Friday noon.
R. Kelly faces more than 20 years in jail
In the sensational process there were shocking statements in series:
A dancer named Angela testified that she had seen Kelly having oral sex with the singer Aaliyah († 22) when she was only 13 or 14 years old. It also described how Kelly later rushed to marry the teenager when he learned of her pregnancy. An officer was bribed with $ 500 to issue a forged identity card. She was 15 and he was 27. The “ceremony” lasted only ten minutes. The baby was never born.
The witness is also said to have had sex with Kelly as a minor. She described the “Kelly System” as: Jobs for sex …
Kelly had threatened his talent manager, the court said: After a 17-year-old reported him, he demanded that Cheryl Mack should decide “which side she is on”.
Kelly then: “Usually in such situations there are quickly missing people …” She took it as a death threat.
A total of eight former employees testified and confirmed against their former boss in the process that he lured underage girls through a “criminal enterprise” he had created, whom he would then have abused.
It was stated in a shocking revelation that he smeared feces on a woman’s face and filmed the ordeal as punishment for breaking his rules.
R. Kelly himself provided the evidence of his guilt
Most of the evidence came from Kelly himself: he had meticulously documented his relationships, collected letters from his victims and often made videos of the sex meetings. The victims testified that they were forced to put Kelly’s innocence on record. Often he would have dictated the letters “word for word”.
A witness named Sonia testified that after requesting an interview with Kelly for a radio station, she was locked in a room for several days with no water or food. When she finally received cold Chinese food, she passed out. When she woke up, her genital area was damp, Kelly was standing in the room and pulling up her pants, according to her shocking statements.
It became known in the process that Kelly also had sex with a 17-year-old rapper named Louis. He ended up practicing oral sex on the young man and admonished him to keep silent about the incident.
A woman named Addie said she brutally raped Kelly backstage in a dressing room in 1994 when she was 17 years old. He would have pressed her with his arms and pushed his penis into her without a condom, as she stated. Four witnesses testified that he had infected them with the venereal disease herpes. Another then young woman reported that Kelly had pressured for an abortion.
A total of 45 witnesses testified for the prosecution, and Kelly’s defense brought five people to the stand.
During the trial marathon, the accused usually sat at the table next to his defense lawyers with composed facial expressions, only occasionally he shook his head, visibly frustrated.
In a six-hour long powerful closing speech, Prosecutor Elizabeth Geddes had meticulously recorded all allegations. “He used lies, manipulation, threats and physical violence to control his victims,” she then summed up. And appealed to the jury: “You have to judge him!”
Kelly’s lawyer Deveraux Cannick, however, made the victims down as “groupies” who would have thrown themselves at the singer. Then he tried Martin Luther King and summoned the jury, like the civil rights legend, to have the courage to make justice possible. Kelly would have become a “sex symbol” and a “playboy”, he said and asked the jury: “Then where is the crime?”
It was of no use. The extent of the sentence will be determined at a hearing on May 4th.