R&B singer, R. Kelly has been found guilty of racketeering, including acts of bribery and sexual exploitation of a child, along with separate charges of sex trafficking by a federal jury in New York.
According to the reports, the racketeering charge comprised 12 individual criminal acts. Kelly was also found guilty of eight violations of the Mann Act, involving the transportation of a victim across state lines for criminal sexual activity.
“Today’s guilty verdict forever brands R. Kelly as a predator, who used his fame and fortune to prey on the young, the vulnerable, and the voiceless for his own sexual gratification,” acting U.S. Attorney Jacquelyn Kasulis said in a statement.
“To the victims in this case, your voices were heard, and justice was finally served. We hope that today’s verdict brings some measure of comfort and closure to the victims,” Kasulis added.
The singer is facing 10 years to life in prison and will be sentenced on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.
Kelly, 54, wore a mask and appeared stoic as the verdict was read aloud in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn.
Kelly “didn’t say much of anything” after the verdict was announced, his attorney Deveraux Cannick told reporters. “He was shocked.”
Kelly, best known for the 1996 hit “I Believe I Can Fly,” pleaded not guilty to all charges. The singer, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, did not take the stand in his own defense.
He has been in custody since his arrest outside his home in Chicago on July 11, 2019. He is still facing federal child pornography and obstruction charges in Illinois, where a trial will be scheduled now that the New York proceedings have ended.