The R&B Singer R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison in a Brooklyn federal court on Wednesday after being convicted of racketeering and sex trafficking in September 2021.
The US District Judge Ann Donnelly sentenced Kelly after she and the court heard statements from the victims. She also ordered him to pay a $100,000 fine, The Associated Press reports. The singer, who has been jailed since 2019, faces separate charges of child pornography and obstruction of justice in a federal case in Chicago, where a trial is set for August 1.
The interview of one of the victims Lizzette Martinez
“I never thought that I would be here to see him be held accountable for the atrocious things that he did to children,” said one of his victims Lizzette Martinez in the press.
Jovante, R Kelly Survivor
“There wasn’t a day in my life up until this moment that I actually believed that the judicial system would come through for black and brown girls,” the other victim Jovante said on Wednesday.
In 1991, R Kelly raped 15 year old Tiffany Hawkins. In 1994, R Kelly illegally married 15 year old Aaliyah. In 2021, R Kelly was found guilty for sex trafficking. He says he’s a victim of a conspiracy and that his accusers are “groupies” who tried to advantage of “MeToo”.
The 55-year-old celebrity star was found guilty last September of all charges against him in Brooklyn federal court. The court included serious charges of racketeering based on sexual exploitation of children, kidnapping, forced labor, and violations of the Mann Act, which bars the transport of people across state lines for sex.
There have been many cases where well-known celebrities misused their powers against those who were young, innocent, and looking to set their feet in the entertainment industry, not just in one field but happening all over where people use their power and money.