Singer R.Kelly has been found guilty of being the ring leader of a decades-long scheme to recruit women and underage girls for sex.
After nine hours of deliberation, the jury in the former RnB superstar’s trial convicted him of racketeering and eight violations of an anti-sex trafficking law.
He’s now facing the possibility of decades in prison.
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Several accusers, who testified without using their real names, allege that the singer subjected them to perverse and sadistic whims when they were underage.
One of the defence attorneys, Gloria Allred, alleged Kelly used his fame to target vulnerable women.
“Of all the predators that I have pursued, Mr Kelly is the worst.
“He used the power of his celebrity to recruit vulnerable, underage girls for the purpose of sexually abusing them.
“These are crimes against children and some adults,” Ms Allred said.
The jury of seven men and five women were also shown some homemade videos of Kelly engaging in sex acts that were allegedly not consensual.
The 54-year-old singer has been in jail since 2019 before the trial got underway in August.
His lawyer has already indicated that they will appeal the decisions.
“Kelly is disappointed,” the lawyer said.
“He was not anticipating this verdict, because based on the evidence why should he anticipate this verdict?
“But it’s the situation we’re in. I’m not sure if I’m more disappointed in the jurors’ verdict or the government’s action in this case,” he said.