R. Kelly has been found guilty by a federal jury Monday in a sex trafficking trial following decades of numerous allegations of sexual assault and misconduct involving young women and children.
He was convicted on nine charges that were based on the accusation that he ran a criminal enterprise comprised of managers and assistants beneath him who helped Kelly meet young women and girls for his sexual desires.
A jury of seven men and five women found R. Kelly guilty of racketeering after two days of deliberations, the Associated Press reports.
Several of Kelly’s accusers testified during the trial, alleging R. Kelly subjected them to perverse and sadistic acts while they were underage. While awaiting sentencing for this case, R. Kelly is also facing legal trouble in Illinois and Minnesota where he will also go to trial for alleged sex crimes.
R. Kelly has had a long history of alleged pedophilia, dating back to his 1994 marriage to the late Aaliyah when she was just 15. The marriage was later annulled.
He was then arrested in 2002 and accused of making a sextape with a 14-year-old girl.
Despite his past, the real fallout didn’t happen until after the widely watched docuseries ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ somewhat effectively “canceled” R. Kelly in many entertainment spaces.
During the federal trial, jurors were shown homemade videos of R. Kelly engaging in sex acts that prosecutors said were not consensual.
He has been in jail without bail since 2019. Following this conviction, he could be looking at a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison.
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