R&B superstar R. Kelly has been convicted on all counts on Monday after a jury found him guilty of being the ringleader of a decades-long racketeering and sex trafficking scheme preying on underage girls, young men, and women.
The disgraced singer, who exploited his superstar status to sexually abuse black women, men, and children, is said to face the rest of his life in jail for crimes including violating the Mann Act, an anti-sex trafficking law that prohibits taking anyone across state lines “for any immoral purpose”.
After two days of deliberation, the federal court in New York City found Kelly guilty on all nine counts, after decades of avoiding criminal responsibility for numerous allegations of misconduct.
Acting US attorney Jacquelyn Kasulis announced the verdict on September 27, saying that “justice was finally served.”
“Today’s guilty verdict forever brands R. Kelly as a predator who used his fame and fortune to prey on the young, the vulnerable, and the voiceless for his own sexual gratification. A predator who used his inner circle to ensnare underage girls, young men, and women for decades in a sordid web of sex abuse, exploitation, and humiliation,” Kasulis added.
Prosecutors alleged that the entourage of the 54-year-old singer, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, who helped him meet girls – and keep them obedient and quiet – amounted to a criminal enterprise.
Two people have been charged with Kelly in a separate federal case pending in Chicago.
One of the producers of the show, Tamra Simmons, said she felt “a ball of emotions” come over her upon hearing the verdict.
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“These women survivors, they came forward in the documentary, they actually have become family to me,” she explained.
“I’m just so happy to see them receive the justice that they have been seeking for all these years.”
Herself and fellow producer Jesse Daniels have been vocally against the “seperating the art from the artist” argument used by the singer’s fans to defend him. This recently reemerged in the wake of Drake giving the singer a credit on TSU, a song from his latest album “Certified Lover Boy”.
“I honestly feel like, you know, you can, you can’t separate him from his music and the fact that he’s the King and of R&B and everything like that, like that doesn’t matter when it comes to Black women and Black men being violated.
“It doesn’t matter to me. You’re not, you were never a King. We gave you that title and we’re taking it back,” said Simmons.
R. Kelly has been jailed without bail since 2019. The New York case is only part of the legal peril facing the singer.
He also has pleaded not guilty to sex-related charges in Illinois and Minnesota. Trial dates in those cases have yet to be set.