R. Kelly ‘did terrible things to children,’ says victim after sentencing
R&B singer R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison in a federal court verdict last year on sex trafficking and racketeering charges.
Appearing in court on Wednesday, the disgraced singer remained silent after hearing from some of his accusers who gave victim testimonies recounting their experiences with the singer.
Prosecutors urged R. Kelly to get more than 25 years behind bars to “protect the public” from the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer. Last September, he was convicted on nine counts, including one count of racketeering and eight counts of violating the Mann Act.
Gloria Allred, who represented the three women who testified against R. Kelly, told reporters that “no one can undo the harm done to these victims,” a claim denied by his lawyer.
The acting deputy director of the National Security Investigation (HSI), who announced Kelly’s sentencing, meanwhile called the singer “a prolific serial predator who used his wealth and fame to prey on the young and vulnerable, brandishing promises of fame, fortune and glory for his own.” sexual interests.” satisfaction”.
What do R. Kelly’s lawyers say?
R. Kelly did not testify at his trial in September, but lawyers representing the disgraced R&B artist presented his accusers as “girlfriends” and “groupies” who agreed with his sexual activities.
These claims were dismissed by the court, which found the disgraced music artist guilty on several counts. Another group of lawyers representing Kelly recently argued that he should receive no more than 10 years in prison. Instead, he was sentenced to 30 years on Wednesday.
His lawyers blamed a traumatic childhood “comprising severe, prolonged childhood sexual abuse, poverty and abuse” on the 55-year-old’s behavior more than two decades ago, when his crimes were reported to have been committed.
Additional Associated Press reports
Oliver O’Connell1 July 2022 11:00
ICYMI: What was R Kelly convicted of?
The disgraced R&B singer faced a string of charges before being found guilty in September of racketeering, child sexual exploitation and sex trafficking, among other charges.
Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, sat still when he was convicted on these charges last year. He again remained silent during the sentencing on Wednesday.
Oliver O’ConnellJuly 1, 2022 09:30
Opinion: Decades of abuse by R. Kelly tells a story that never ends
Wealth, power, racism and misogyny have protected the R&B star, and we are far from destroying a culture that allows predators and abusers. Fiona Sturges in the opinion section below:
Oliver O’ConnellJuly 1, 2022 07:30
Judge says ‘horrors’ were ‘not too high a price’
“The horrors your victims endured,” US District Judge Ann Donnelly said during the sentencing on Wednesday. “No price was too high to pay for your happiness.”
According to court testimony, R. Kelly revealed that several of his victims were underage during their encounters with the singer, who denied ordering his accusers to sign non-disclosure forms (also known as NDAs).
The “boys and girls” were allegedly threatened and punished if they violated what one of them called “Rob’s rules,” prosecutors heard during his investigation last year.
The R&B artist was also accused of making “shaming videos” of his victims.
Additional Associated Press reports
Oliver O’ConnellJuly 1, 2022 05:30
Opinion: R. Kelly’s prison term is the least that people like him deserve
“Something is very, very rotten in the male celebrity cult,” writes The Independent. Victoria Richards in the opinion section below.
“Because it doesn’t end in violence. This behavior has a ripple effect that lasts for decades; not only for the victims themselves, but for all those who see that such people can get away with so long – and assume that they can do the same.
Oliver O’ConnellJuly 1, 2022 04:30
The verdict is a product of the MeToo movement
R. Kelly’s sentence to 30 years in prison is another triumph for women’s rights activists and a product of the MeToo movement.
The sexual harassment allegations against R. Kelly were not made public until the “MeToo” movement on Twitter in 2006, when several women claimed they had been abused by prominent men.
The allegations against Kelly came to a head in 2019 with the release of the documentary Surviving R. Kelly, after which he was charged with aggravated sexual assault by state judges.
Federal prosecutors then charged the R&B singer with sex trafficking and racketeering, and he was hunted down last year, where he was found guilty.
Oliver O’ConnellJuly 1, 2022 03:30
Judgment is justice for black women
R. Kelly’s victims believed that their stories were initially ignored because they were black women.
Speaking before the court on Wednesday, where he was sentenced, one unnamed survivor said: “There hasn’t been a day in my life, until this moment, when I truly believed that the judicial system would help for black and brown girls.”
The prosecutor’s office heard from women who told the court how the R&B singer forced them into “obedience” and other “horrors.”
“I hope this verdict serves as its own testimony that no matter how powerful, rich, or famous your abuser may be or how insignificant they make you feel, justice hears only the truth,” U.S. Attorney Breon Peace, spokesman for Associated Press. The press reports about it.
Oliver O’ConnellJuly 1, 2022 02:30
ICYMI: R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex trafficking and racketeering
R&B artist R Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex trafficking and racketeering.
He was convicted in 2021.
Oliver O’ConnellJuly 1, 2022 01:30
‘R. Kelly used his fame, fortune and collaborators to prey on the young, the vulnerable and the voiceless,” the lawyer says.
Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, who announced R. Kelly on Wednesday a 30-year prison sentence, along with Steve K. Francis, acting executive assistant director of the National Security Investigation (HSI), said the singer “used his fame, wealth and opportunity to prey on the youth.”
Read his full statement at the time of the sentencing announcement here:
“R. Kelly used his fame, fortune, and associates to prey on the young, the vulnerable, and the voiceless for his own sexual gratification, while many turned a blind eye.
“Through his actions, Kelly showed a callous disregard for the devastation his crimes had inflicted on his victims and showed no remorse for his conduct. With today’s verdict, he is finally and properly held accountable for decades of abuse, exploitation and humiliation of teenagers and other vulnerable young people. We hope that today’s verdict will bring some comfort and closure to the victims, including those who bravely testified in court, and serve as a welcome recognition that their voices deserve to be heard and their lives matter.”
Oliver O’ConnellJuly 1, 2022 00:30
The victim said that the singer kept her as a “sex slave”
Lizzette Martinez, who gave victim testimony during Wednesday’s sentencing hearing in which she said she was R. Kelly’s “sex slave,” said she hopes R. Kelly gets a harsher sentence.
“Personally, I don’t think it’s enough, but I’m satisfied,” she told reporters after the 55-year-old was sentenced to 30 years.
Other women who testified during the trial and sentencing did not release their names.
Gino SpocchiaJune 30, 2022 23:30
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