R. Kelly Found Guilty on All Counts In Sex-Trafficking Trial
By Kiani Belgrave
R. Kelly has been found guilty on all counts in his federal sex trafficking case in New York.
According to the New York Times, a federal jury has found R. Kellly guilty of racketeering in his sex trafficking case in New York. The singer will face up to 20 years in prison for the racketeering charge alone.
Kelly was charged with one count of racketeering based on sexual exploitation of minors, eight violations of sex trafficking, the Mann Act, and a charge for kidnapping and forced labor. The jury turned in the verdict around 3:00 p.m. ET on Monday (September 27). Kelly was found guilty on all charges, facing a maximum sentence of 100 years in prison.
Since the beginning of the trial, 45 witnesses, including underaged men and women, testified against the singer. The jury found that there was an overwhelming amount of evidence proving that Kelly was the ringleader of a sex trafficking scheme involving underaged women for over 20 years.
As the New York trial ends, Kelly is now scheduled to appear in court for federal pornography and obstruction charges in Illinois.Kelly also has state charges filed against him in Illinois, as well as Minnesota, though he has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him.