Shortly after a jury discovered R. Kelly responsible of a decades-long scheme to recruit girls and teenage women for intercourse, Gloria Allred, a girls’s rights legal professional who represented a number of of the singer’s accusers, stood exterior the federal courthouse in Brooklyn and declared “justice has been done.”
Ms. Allred has usually represented girls who’ve been victims of sexual harassment and sexual assault by highly effective males — together with within the case in opposition to the film producer Harvey Weinstein. However she stated that “of all the predators that I have pursued, Mr. Kelly is the worst.”
Mr. Kelly used his superstar to govern and sexually abuse underage women, Ms. Allred stated, and had used a community of enablers to assist construct and maintain that world of torment and abuse. Mr. Kelly additionally knowingly unfold herpes to his victims, she stated.
Ms. Allred represented three of the six victims whose accounts had been on the heart of the case, in addition to two different key witnesses within the trial. She additionally represented a 3rd who ultimately was not referred to as to testify.
“Let this be a message to other celebrities who also use their fame to prey on their fans,” Ms. Allred stated. “The issue is not if the law will catch up to you, the only question is when.”
Jacquelyn Kasulis, performing legal professional for the Jap District of New York, additionally spoke on the information convention, applauding the decision and the “bravery and resilience” of survivors whose testimony was central to the case in opposition to Mr. Kelly.