American singer R. Kelly was convicted on Monday by a New York court of a series of sex crimes, including that of running for years a “system” of sexual exploitation of young women, including minor. The prison sentence will be known in May 2022.
Robert Kelly, the fallen American R&B star, was found guilty on Monday, September 27, by a New York court of a series of sex crimes, including that of running for years a “system” of sexual exploitation of young women , including minors.
This lawsuit is considered a major milestone in the #MeToo movement : it is the first time that the majority of the plaintiffs are black women and that they accuse a black artist.
The 54-year-old singer, known for his world hit “I Believe I Can Fly”, was also found guilty by the Brooklyn Federal Court jury for the crime of “sex trafficking.”
R. Kelly has been convicted of sex trafficking and racketeering following a high-profile trial that lasted six weeks. Now, he could potentially spend the rest of his life in prison. @stephgosk reports. pic.twitter.com/tnovLTCnvm— TODAY (@TODAYshow) September 28, 2021
R. Kelly had been on trial for more than a month, including extortion, sexual exploitation of a minor, kidnapping, bribery and forced labor, over a period of 1994 to 2018.
The sentence known in May 2022
The ex-African-American R&B star, wearing jacket and tie, showed no particular emotion at the statement of his guilt. Masked, he contented himself with lowering his head and closing his eyes.
One of his lawyers, Deveraux Cannick, told reporters they were “disappointed with the verdict” and were considering appealing.
As is very often the case in criminal proceedings in the United States, the prison sentence will be handed down much later, in this case on May 4, 2022 for R. Kelly, already in custody. He faces life imprisonment.
During the six-week trial in Brooklyn – in relative indifference to the mainstream American media – nine women and two men testified that R. Kelly had sexually abused them, describing rape, forced drug use, imprisonment or even child pornography.
Robert Sylvester Kelly is accused of having perpetrated these crimes with impunity, taking advantage of his notoriety. He has always denied the facts.