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R Kelly prison sentencing updates: Artist sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex trafficking, racketeering

R Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison

R&B Singer R Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison, following a conviction in federal court last year on sex trafficking and racketeering charges. He faced seven of his accusers in court on Wednesday who gave victim impact statements recounting their experiences with the singer.

Prosecutors had called for him to receive more than 25 years behind bars in order to “protect the public” from the singer. He was convicted on nine counts last September, which included one racketeering and eight counts of Mann Act violations.

Gloria Allred, who is representing the three women who testified against R Kelly, told reporters that “no one can undo the harm that has been done to these victims.”

After the sentencing, Attorney Steve Greenberg who represented the Kelly has accused the victims of “preying” on the singer.

Jennifer Bonjean, another attorney for Kelly, said that the singer wanted to speak in court at his sentencing but she advised him against it.

Steve K Francis, acting executive associate director of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) who announced Kelly’s sentencing, called the singer a “prolific serial predator who used his wealth and fame to prey on the young and vulnerable by dangling promises of fame, fortune and stardom for his own sexual gratification.”

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R Kelly conviction: All you need to know

R&B singer R Kelly, 55, was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Wednesday, June 29, in Brooklyn federal court.

US District Judge Ann Donnelly also slapped Kelly with a $100,000 fine, after prosecutors asked for $50,000 to $250,000.

The Independent’s Graeme Massie explains what the singer was convicted of and how much jail time did he faces:

Sravasti Dasgupta30 June 2022 10:00

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‘Thirty years that he did this and 30 years is what he got,’ victim saysR Kelly was branded “the pied piper of R&B” by a victim using the pseudonym “Angela” who went on to detail his “deplorable and inexplicable” abuse during her statement.

“I stand here very proud of my judicial system, very proud of my fellow survivors and very pleased with the outcome.

“Thirty years (is how long) that he did this and 30 years is what he got,” she later said outside court.

Sravasti Dasgupta30 June 2022 09:30

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Kelly conviction would be unlikely ‘if he still had the money and fame,’ journalist says

Jim DeRogatis, the first journalist who covered R Kelly’s alleged crimes in 2000 said to ABC’s RN Breakfast that the singer would probably not be convicted and sentenced if he still had money and fame.

“I’m not so sure we would have seen the conviction or the sentencing today if he still had the money and fame that he had at the height of his powers through the 90s, through the 2000s,” he said on RN Breakfast following the sentencing.

“He’s broke. As he sang in the last song he released to the world: I am a broke ass legend.

“Justice is bought in America too frequently by money and fame and that’s what happened when he was first tried for making child pornography in 2008.”

Mr DeRogatis broke the story about the infamous video tape, which showed the singer allegedly abusing and urinating on a 14-year-old girl.

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Sravasti Dasgupta30 June 2022 08:30

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Kelly’s sisters say singer treated ‘unfairly’

R Kelly’s two sisters from his father’s side have said that they believe that the singer has been treated unfairly.

Lisa and Cassandra Kelly, live in North Carolina and Atlanta attended the sentencing on Wednesday.

“He’s been strong. He’s gonna continue to be strong. We’re his sisters, we’re gonna continue to stand behind him,” Lisa Kelly told Insider.

“And that’s just the way it is. We don’t believe any of that.”

In this courtroom sketch, R Kelly and his attorney Jennifer Bonjean, left, appear during his sentencing hearing (Elizabeth Williams/PA)

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In this courtroom sketch, R Kelly and his attorney Jennifer Bonjean, left, appear during his sentencing hearing (Elizabeth Williams/PA)

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R Kelly’s lawyer says singer wanted to speak at his sentencing

Jennifer Bonjean, lawyer for R Kelly, said that the singer wanted to speak in court at his sentencing but she advised him against it.

Speaking to reporters outside court, Ms Bonjean said that she didn’t want him to speak while he has open cases in Chicago and Minnesota.

Another case, involving child pornography and similar allegations, is scheduled to go to trial in Chicago federal court in August, reported Business Insider.

“I promise you, he does wanna make a statement,” Ms Bonjean said.

“He will make statements, but on the advice of counsel, he remained silent.”

Attorney Jennifer Bonjean leaves the courtroom following the sentencing of singer R. Kelly for federal sex trafficking

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Attorney Jennifer Bonjean leaves the courtroom following the sentencing of singer R. Kelly for federal sex trafficking

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Sravasti Dasgupta30 June 2022 07:30

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R Kelly’s lawyer says victims ‘preyed on him’

Attorney Steve Greenberg who represented singer R Kelly has accused the victims of ‘preying’ on the singer.

In an interview with Law & Crime Mr Greenberg said: “They preyed on him. And for them to now come to court and say they are victims is just being intellectually dishonest.”

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R Kelly victim says 30-year-prison term is ‘spot on’

Sonja, a victim of R Kelly’s abuse who tested in court, has hailed the singer’s prison term.

In an interview with Los Angeles Times after the sentencing, Sonja, whose last name is not being revealed to protect her identity, said that she was intimidated by people in the singer’s circle for years.

“I’ve been followed, I’ve been approached at networking events,” she said. “It happened a few different times.”

On each occasion she says she immediately got away from the person who was chatting with her and went “off the grid for a few days.”

“Thirty years is spot on for me,” she said.

“I have been enduring this for almost two decades. I am very happy with the award. Very happy.”

R&B singer R. Kelly’s supporter reacts following the sentencing hearing at Brooklyn Federal Court in New York, on June 29, 2022.

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R&B singer R. Kelly’s supporter reacts following the sentencing hearing at Brooklyn Federal Court in New York, on June 29, 2022.

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Sravasti Dasgupta30 June 2022 06:30

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R Kelly’s victims say 30 year sentence ‘not enough’

R Kelly’s victims have said that the 30 year prison term handed to the singer, while welcome, is “not enough.”

“I personally don’t think it’s enough but I’m pleased with it,” said accusing Lizzette Martinez.

Another victim Jovante Cunningham, who first met Kelly at age 14, said his abuse spanned 30 years and “30 years is what he got.”

“There wasn’t a day in my life that I actually believed the judicial system would come through for black and brown girls,” Ms Cunningham said outside court.

Ms Cunningham who was a former backup dancer for Kelly added that she “absolutely” cried when the sentence came down and that she felt “overwhelmed.”

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Sravasti Dasgupta30 June 2022 06:00

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R Kelly a ‘prolific serial predator’ who preyed on the ‘young and vulnerable’

Steve K Francis, acting executive associate director of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) who announced R Kelly’s sentencing, has called the singer a “prolific serial predator.”

“Robert Kelly is a prolific serial predator who used his wealth and fame to prey on the young and vulnerable by dangling promises of fame, fortune and stardom for his own sexual gratification. For nearly thirty years, Kelly and his accomplices silenced his victims through bribery, intimidation, blackmail and physical violence, confidant they were immune to justice” Mr Francis said.

“Today’s sentence is a victory which belongs to the survivors of Kelly’s abuse. These brave women and men came forward, despite threats to their own personal safety, and were forced to relive the pain of the most traumatic days of their lives to tell the truth and make their voices heard.”

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Sravasti Dasgupta30 June 2022 05:15

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R Kelly will face a second trial in August

R Kelly will face another trial, this time in federal court, beginning in August.

On 15 August, R Kelly will stand trial on charges that he possessed child sexual abuse images. It will be the second time he faces charges relating to child sexual abuse images.

He was previously acquitted in 2008 on similar charges.

Kelly has pleaded not guilty.

Graig Graziosi30 June 2022 04:00

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