9.49 p.m., September 27, 2021
Im R. Kelly abuse trial The jury has the former pop superstar on all nine counts found guilty. The seven men and five women announced on Monday in a court in New York. The 54-year-old was charged with sexual exploitation of minors, kidnapping and bribery, among other things. Now the musician, who has been in prison since his arrest in summer 2019, faces a prison sentence of ten years to life.
The procedure is – after cases like those of a film producer Harvey Weinstein and comedians Bill Cosby – the next in the USA and worldwide much noticed legal review of the #MeToo era. For around six weeks, the prosecution and defense had to face a judge at the court in Brooklyn, New York Ann Donnelly the several decades of abuse allegations against Kelly detailed, dismantled and her arguments presented. Dozens of witnesses had spoken and hundreds of pieces of evidence had been sighted.
Kelly was a sex offender, had a lawyer Elizabeth Geddes argued for the prosecutor and demanded his conviction. The musician was himself a victim – from made-up stories and embellished stories about abuse, Kelly had a lawyer Deveraux Cannick argued for the defense. Kelly did not testify herself, but followed the trial in the courtroom.
First allegations against the 1967 in Chicago as Robert Sylvester Kelly born musicians became known around 25 years ago. In 2008 he was on trial for possession of pictures of serious child sexual abuse – and was acquitted. There are additional charges against Kelly in Illinois and Minnesota.