The American singer R. Kelly was found guilty this Wednesday in Chicago of several charges of possession of child pornography and sexual abuse of minors, after in June He was already sentenced to 30 years in prison for organized crime and sexual abuse and trafficking, for which he is in prison in New York.
R. Kelly is sentenced to 30 years in prison for setting up a network of sexual trafficking of minors
The 1990s R&B star, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly and who is now 55, was found guilty on six of 13 charges, three of them related to child pornography and three others related to persuading minors to have sex.
R. Kelly is on suicide watch in a New York prison after he was found guilty in a trial that lasted six weeks and in which dozens of people testified against him.
Throughout the New York process, the Prosecutor's Office called “45 witnesses to the stand and presented hundreds of pieces of evidence, including written, videotaped and audio-recorded evidence of the abuse to which the accused, with the help of his employees and associates, subjected to their victims."
Prosecutors had asked the judge for a sentence of more than 25 years, and a fine of between $50,000 and $250,000 (which was ultimately set at $100,000) "in light of the seriousness of the crimes, the need to serve as a deterrent and the need to protect the public from further offenses by the accused.”
For its part, the defense had requested that it not exceed 10 years, alleging the "traumatic childhood of the accused, including evidence of a history of sexual abuse by family members and non-family members."
A dozen witnesses testified to having suffered abuse
A dozen witnesses claimed to have been abused by R. Kelly during the trial, while others detailed a continuing pattern of abuse. The women described a charismatic celebrity on stage who frequently targeted young victims who attended her concerts, whom she sometimes sexually assaulted behind the scenes minutes after the event.
The testimonies also revealed prolonged abuse by Kelly against his partners, whom he beat and forced to call him "daddy" (daddy). Likewise, she controlled how they dressed, when they could use the bathroom or eat, how they should interact with other men or if they could leave the rooms of the residences or hotels in which she kept them.
In addition, they uncovered that R. Kelly used an entire network of employees to help him in his efforts to recruit young girls, isolate and intimidate them.