Singer R. Kelly now convicted of child pornography

Singer R. Kelly now convicted of child pornography

Singer R. Kelly now convicted of child pornography

R. Kelly at Leighton Court in Chicago, USA.  17 September 2019.

R. Kelly, a fallen R’n’B star already sentenced to thirty years in prison in June for sexual offenses committed against young women, sometimes teenagers, was convicted on Wednesday, September 14, for producing child pornography and embezzlement. of a minor, according to the newspaper Chicago Grandstand.

Attorney John Lausch revealed to the media in the third largest city in the United States that the minimum sentence to add would be ten years, which could go up to ninety years in prison for Robert Sylvester Kelly, 55. The verdict “Holds Robert Kelly responsible for the sexual violence committed against a 14-year-old girl”J. Lausch said. “The suffering inflicted by Mr. Kelly on his victims is immense”he added, welcoming the “strength, determination and courage” of those who testified at the trial.

During the trial, excerpts of videos were shown showing R. Kelly’s sexual assault on young teenage girls, one of whom was only 14 years old. The artist was found guilty in September 2021 in New York of piloting a “system” sexual exploitation of young people, including adolescent girls.

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The singer, known throughout the world for his success I believe I Can Fly and his 75 million records sold, he was acquitted by a federal jury on other obstruction of justice counts. He and two former partners – also acquitted on Wednesday – were accused of interrupting the course of his 2008 child pornography trial, in which the jury found him not guilty. They were accused of threatening and bribing a victim, whom he did not then testify. Now 37, he has spoken this time.

Organized system

This lawsuit was considered an important step in the #metoo movement: it was the first time that most of the plaintiffs were black women and that they accused a black artist. For decades, R. Kelly’s success had been clouded by suspicions of sexual assault, the subject of persistent rumors. He had long since managed to silence them with financial agreements that included confidentiality clauses.

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Back in 2017, two women, Kenyette Barnes and Oronike Odeleye, called for a boycott of her songs, sharing the hashtag “Mute R. Kelly” (“Shut up R. Kelly”). In January 2019, the documentary series Survived R. Kelly he had driven in the nail. Several victims described the singer as manipulative, violent and obsessed with very young girls.

During the trial in New York, the victims had described the tactic used by the singer to attract very young women using his celebrity, and with the complicity of those around him. Many of them had met the star at concerts, after which they were slipped a small piece of paper indicating R. Kelly’s contact details. He would do something for their musical career, he was promised.

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Instead, they were doing “indoctrinate” in the middle “sordid” by R. Kelly, were forced into sexual intercourse and maintained in it “system” from “Coercive measures”according to the indictment.

The singer had managed to rise to the top of the music industry despite his tumultuous personal life, including his later canceled marriage to his 15-year-old protégé, singer Aaliyah. R. Kelly had written and produced the late artist’s debut album in 2001, Age is nothing more than a number (“Age is just a number”).

The world with AFP

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