The artist R. Kelly had developed a whole system to sexually assault several women, according to American justice.
American star R. Kelly, found guilty in September 2021 in New York of having led for years a “system” of sexual exploitation of young women, including teenage girls, was sentenced this Wednesday, June 29 to 30 years in prison .
This heavy sentence against the 55-year-old singer was pronounced by the federal court in Brooklyn, where his trial nine months ago had lifted the veil on these sex crimes.
According to journalists present at the hearing, the singer known worldwide for his hit “I Believe I Can Fly” did not say a word when the verdict was announced.
In their last indictment, federal prosecutors demanded at least 25 years of criminal imprisonment because of the “danger” that R. Kelly, whose real name Robert Kelly, would represent for his victims.
During the six weeks of trial last August and September, the fallen singer had been portrayed by the prosecution as “criminal, predatory”.
The artist was found guilty at the end of September 2021 of all the charges: extortion, sexual exploitation of a minor, kidnapping, trafficking, corruption and forced labor, over a period ranging from 1994 to 2018. The singer has always denied the facts .
The trial brought to light R. Kelly’s “system” for attracting very young women and sexually assaulting them, with the complicity of those around him.
Six women were the main accusers, some of whom claimed to have been drugged to be raped, kidnapped, forced to have abortions and infected with sexually transmitted diseases.
For lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents three of the six plaintiffs, the verdict against R. Kelly should serve as an example for celebrities who use their “notoriety to prey on their fans”.