R. Kelly Conviction

Singer R.Kelly was found guilty on multiple counts of sexual assault and abuse on multiple children and women. Eleven accusers including nine women and two men took the stand during the six week trial to describe the sexual violence and humilitation they faced at the hands of R. Kelly.

After two days of talking and deciding the Jury had found the singer guilty on all nine charges he was facing. The final sentencing is due to take place on May 4, 2021 where he is facing life behind bars.

The jury found R. Kelly to be the ringleader of a violent scheme to lure women and children for him to abuse.

Kelly was also found guilty of trafficking women between different US states. Along with eight accounts of trafficking Kelly was also found guilty of racketeering, a charge normally used against organized crime associations.

During the trial, victims explained how R. Kelly’s staff assisted him in these crimes. The court also heard how Kelly illegally obtained paperwork to Aaliyah when she was 15 in 1994, seven years before the singer died in a plane crash.

The certificate at the time stated that Aaliyah was 18 years old which later was found false.

Aaliyah’s debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number was produced and written by R. Kelly.

“It’s not the same listening to his songs after knowing what he did.” Jessica said.

One woman testified about in a written verdict the things Kelly did to her, including her being imprisoned by Kelly. It was said that she had been hiding from Kelly due to threats made against her since she went public with her accusations.

“I’m ready to start living my life free from fear and to start the healing process” Said the women.

Legal documents have shown the mental torment that Kelly subjected his victims to. They were not allowed to eat or use the bathroom without his permission, he also controlled what clothes they wore and made them call him a specific name.

Most of the allegations that were heard in the trial were first laid out in the 2019 documentary, Surviving R. Kelly.

Victims were sometimes selected from his concert audiences, or were persuaded to join him after being offered help with their starting music careers after chance encounters with Kelly.

But after joining the victims soon found out they were subjected to strict rules and aggressively punished if they violated what his team had named “Rob Rules”.

A quick decision was made by the jury consisting of seven men and five women. They took nine hours over two days to reach a verdict.

Before the verdict was read, fans of R.Kelly played his music loudly outside the courthouse. After the verdict was read fans were interviewed about how they felt and said they felt sad and still supported him.

On the other hand, victims affected by R.Kelly felt some comfort after the trial.

Kelly is now facing separate trials in Chicago, Illinois and Minnesota. Two former associates also pleaded guilty in separate cases related to attempting to keep the R.Kelly accusers silent.