R. Kelly Found Guilty on All Counts of Sex Trafficking, Racketeering; Face 10 Years to Life in Prison

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R&B singer R. Kelly (born Robert Kelly) has been found guilty of charges including sexual exploitation of a child, bribery, racketeering and sex trafficking involving five victims. Per multiple reports, Kelly faces a possible sentence of 10 years to life in prison.

Kelly has been the focus of intense public scrutiny and attention over the years as more and more claims were made alleging numerous crimes from multiple women. The story was the focus of the Lifetime documentary series Surviving R. Kelly, which discussed in greatly disturbing deal many of the sexual abuse claims made against him.

Per NPR:

There were fourteen underlying acts associated with the racketeering charge. The jury found that the government had proven twelve of those acts, involving five victims: the singer Aaliyah as well as women named Stephanie, Jerhonda Pace, Jane and Stephanie. Three acts associated with an alleged victim named Sonja were not proven. (Most alleged victims went by their first names or pseudonyms.) The government needed proof of only two of the racketeering acts for a guilty charge.

Federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York successfully proved to a jury of seven men and five women that Kelly had been the head of a criminal enterprise, whose purpose was to lure girls, boys and women to the R&B singer for his sexual gratification.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 4 in New York.

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