R. Kelly gets 30 years in Prison over Sex Trafficking
American RnB singer Robert Kelly popularly known as R. Kelly to most fans, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison over a sex trafficking case. The singer was found guilty of the charges that were labeled against him by young women who he had lured into his ring using his fame.
The young women had told a Ney York court in tears that the singer had misled them into thinking they were working for him and ended up preying on them. According to the Associated Press, victims had come forward to give their testimonies against the singer in the court.
“You made me do things that broke my spirit. I literally wished I would die because of how low you made me feel,” said one unnamed survivor, directly addressing Kelly, who kept his hands folded and his eyes downcast.
Kelly, 55, didn’t give a statement and showed no reaction on hearing his penalty, which also included a $100,000 fine. He has denied wrongdoing, and he plans to appeal his conviction.
The Grammy-winning, multiplatinum-selling songwriter was found guilty last year of racketeering and sex trafficking at a trial that gave voice to accusers who had previously wondered if their stories were being ignored because they were Black women.
Most of the women had been victimized when they attended R. Kelly concerts. She revealed that she was naïve and did not know what to do in that situation.
Kelly’s lawyer, Jennifer Bonjean, said he was “devastated” by the sentence and saddened by what he had heard.
“He’s a human being. He feels what other people are feeling. But that doesn’t mean that he can accept responsibility in the way that the government would like him to and other people would like him to. Because he disagrees with the characterizations that have been made about him,” she said.