New York, United States:
R Kelly on Monday was convicted of main a decades-long intercourse crime ring, with a New York jury discovering the famous person singer responsible on all 9 prices, together with probably the most critical of racketeering.
After six weeks of disturbing testimony, the jury deliberated simply 9 hours earlier than discovering the incarcerated 54-year-old superstar responsible of systematically recruiting girls and youngsters for intercourse, earlier than grooming and brutally abusing them.
Sporting a light-weight blue tie, pinstriped navy go well with and a white masks, Kelly sat largely immobile, holding his head down and periodically closing his eyes behind black-rimmed glasses.
He faces as much as life in jail. His sentencing is scheduled for Could 4.
To convict Kelly on probably the most critical cost of racketeering, jurors needed to discover him responsible of a minimum of two of 14 “predicate acts” — the crimes elemental to the broader sample of unlawful wrongdoing.
Lurid testimony supposed to show these acts included accusations of rape, druggings, imprisonment and youngster pornography.
The jury of 5 girls and 7 males discovered that each one however two of the acts had been confirmed.
Kelly was additionally convicted on all eight prices of violating the Mann Act, an anti-sex trafficking regulation.
“We’re disappointed with the verdict,” Kelly’s legal professional Deveraux Cannick informed journalists outdoors the courtroom.
He stated they’d be “considering” an attraction.
Kelly nonetheless faces prosecution in three different jurisdictions, together with Illinois federal court docket.
One of many Nineties’ brightest stars whose hits included “I Believe I Can Fly,” the disgraced Kelly was lengthy trailed by abuse allegations, however evaded them for many years.