American singer R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for charges on racketeering and sex trafficking.
The singer was found guilty of one charge of racketeering and eight counts of violating the Mann Act, which prohibits the transport of “any woman or girl” across state lines for any “immoral purpose,” in September 2021.
His 2021 trial was one of the most high-profile cases to spring from the #MeToo movement. It is also one of the most prominent cases in which the victims were mostly Black women.
According to reports, it took the jury consisting of seven men and five women nine hours across two days to come up with the verdict.
Prosecutors had asked for a 25-year sentence while Kelly’s defense team had argued for 14 to 17½ years.
“The public has to be protected from behaviors like this,” Judge Ann M. Donnelly said as she delivered Kelly’s sentence, according to media reports. “These crimes were calculated and carefully planned and regularly executed for almost 25 years.”
Prosecutors also said he used his celebrity status and wealth to lure women, as well as underage girls and boys, for sex.
The judgment was earlier scheduled for May 5th but was later postponed.
It would be recalled that in 2021, the disgraced singer was found guilty of sexually abusing women, boys and girls for decades.
Kelly’s legal team called a handful of ex-Kelly employees and associates to take the stand to discredit allegations the singer sexually abused women, girls and boys.