singer R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex crimes

Published on : 30/06/2022 – 01:45

In the United States, the sentence fell in the trial of R. Kelly. The R&B singer was sentenced to 30 years in prison in New York, after being found guilty of several sex crimes, including sexual exploitation of a minor. While this is one of the flagship trials of the #MeToo movement, the former star will then have to respond to other acts in Chicago, in particular.

With our correspondent in New York, Loubna Anaki

For Judge Ann Donnelly, it is necessary ” protect society from predatory behavior like that of R. Kelly “. The magistrate therefore decided on a heavier sentence than that requested by the prosecutors: 30 years in prison for the American singer.

Last September, he had been found guilty, among other things, for leading a network that recruited and prepared girls, often minors, to have sex with him. ” A mafia insisted one of the prosecutors during the trial.

For some of the victims present Wednesday, June 29 at the hearing, it is ” the end of a nightmare ». « He destroyed so many lives. I hope we can finally heal said one of the complainants.

This sentence falls after decades of abuse accusation against R. Kelly who has always denied everything and had so far managed to get out. This time, American justice no longer intends to let go. After his conviction in New York, it is in Chicago that he will have to answer for his actions. His trial for child pornography opens on August 15.

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