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R&B Singer R Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison, following a conviction in federal court last year on sex trafficking and racketeering charges. He faced seven of his accusers today in court who gave victim impact statements recounting their experiences with the singer.

Prosecutors had called for him to receive more than 25 years behind bars in order to “protect the public” from the singer. He was convicted on nine counts last September, which included one racketeering and eight counts of Mann Act violations.

Gloria Allred, who is representing the three women who testified against R Kelly, told reporters that “no one can undo the harm that has been done to these victims.”

Defense attorneys representing R Kelly are hopeful that details revealing their client’s own abuse as a child will move the judge to offer the singer a lighter sentence.

They had called for a sentence of 10 years or fewer, arguing that anything beyond that would be indefensible. The attorneys have claimed that the prosecution’s desire to lock the 55-year-old singer up for 25 years is “tantamount to a life sentence.”

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R Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison

R&B singer R Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison on sex trafficking and racketeering charges.

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Graig Graziosi29 June 2022 20:09

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R Kelly’s hearing resumes

R Kelly’s sentencing hearing has resumed after an hour break.

The singer’s lawyer, Jennifer Bonjean, argued to the court that R Kelly should be sentenced based on the nature of his conviction in September and not based on “inflamed emotions” invoked by the victim impact statements given prior to the break.

The defense is focusing its arguments for a lighter sentence around the singer’s upbringing in an abusive home.

Ms Bonjean told the court that the singer was the son of a single mother and grew up in a “chaotic home.” She said he was sexually abused and that those experiences were critical to who he became in adulthood.

She said “Mr Kelly rejects that he’s this monster.”

Graig Graziosi29 June 2022 20:03

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Victims accuse R Kelly of ‘deplorable, inexplicable acts’ in harrowing sentencing impact statements

Seven women who were abused by R Kelly spoke Wednesday during his sentencing hearing, recounting the pain they have dealt with as a result of the singer’s crimes.

With every addition of a new victim you grew in wickedness, cockiness, diminishing any form of humanity or self-awareness,” one victim said during the hearing.

Jenna Amatulli has more from the victims in the story below:

Graig Graziosi29 June 2022 19:24

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Hearing breaks until 2:30pm EST

R Kelly’s sentencing hearing has paused until 2:30pm EST.

Prior to the break, seven women gave victim impact statements recounting how the singer abused them.

Graig Graziosi29 June 2022 18:31

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Victims says she’ll take what R Kelly did to her ‘to my grave’

Kitti Jones, another victim giving a statement during R Kelly’s sentencing hearing, said she would take the things he did to her “to my grave.”

After her, another woman, going by the name Faith, took the stand and said she hoped R Kelly can forgive himself. She said that she had forgiven herself and began to cry, after which her father put his arms around her shoulder.

He then spoke and asked R Kelly to look at him.

“I didn’t come here to bash Mr. Kelly,” he said. “I do want to ask you, Mr. Kelly, to look at me, man to man, father to father. Put yourself in my shoes. I’ve certainly put myself in your shoes.”

Mr Kelly did not meet his gaze.

Graig Graziosi29 June 2022 18:30

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‘I hope you go to jail for the rest of your life’: Fourth victim speaks out

A fourth victim issued a statement during R Kelly’s sentencing hearing on Wednesday.

The woman was known only as Jane Doe No 2, and said R Kelly would often force her to perform oral sex on him after he would return covered in sweat from basketball games with his friends.

“I felt special, because someone who was special to the world was interested in me,” she said.

A tense moment occurred during her statement when R Kelly began speaking with his lawyers during her statement. The victim stopped speaking and directed her attention to the singer.

“I’m sorry, I don’t want to interrupt his conversation,” she said. “No price is too high to pay for your happiness.”

She then said she hoped that he would be imprisoned for the rest of his life.

Graig Graziosi29 June 2022 18:20

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Third victim gives impact statement

A third victim gave a statement during R Kelly’s sentencing hearing on Wednesday. Lizette Martinez was an aspiring singer when she met R Kelly and was later featured in a documentary called “Surviving R Kelly.”

She said R Kelly had agreed to mentor her as a singer, but that relationship became abusive about two months after they began meeting.

“I was left in shock, confused and in tears,” she said.

She said now, as a 45-year-old mother, she struggles with mental health issues stemming from her abuse at the singer’s hands.

Ms Martinez told R Kelly that he “destroyed so many people’s lives.” He did not look at her during her statement.

Graig Graziosi29 June 2022 18:10

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‘Do you have your passport’: R Kelly asks Ethiopian women to return to the US with him after breakup

R Kelly has been convicted on sex trafficking and racketeering charges and is facing sentencing today. Prosecutors are seeking 25 years, while his defense is asking for 10 or less.

In this clip from 2011, R Kelly can be seen performing a song at a show in Ethiopia in which he asks women if they want to return to the US with him. The song contains lines including “do you have your passport, did you get your shots,” and “girl would you like to come back with Rob to America?”

Graig Graziosi29 June 2022 18:00

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Second victim gives statement, says R Kelly sexually assaulted her the first night she met him

A second victim, going by the name Addie, gave an impact statement ahead of R Kelly’s sentencing on Wednesday.

“I never knew that going to that concert in September of 1994 was going to change me forever,” she said.

Addie said she was a fan of the singer Aaliyah, who R Kelly married illegally when she was 15.

She said that she attended his concert and that later that night he sexually assaulted her.

Addie said she kept the assault quiet for decades because it was a “time of silence,” but noted that the “last four years have been a rude awakening of how my silence has hurt others.”

Graig Graziosi29 June 2022 17:55

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R Kelly victim says he used fame and influence to ‘groom’ victims

One of the victims giving a victim impact statement ahead of R Kelly’s sentencing today said he used his celebrity to “groom” underage girls and boys.

“With every addition of a new victim, you grew in wickedness,” the victim, named Angela, said. “You used your fame and power to groom and coach underage boys and girls for your own sexual gratification.”

“Today we reclaim our names,” she said. “We are no longer the preyed-upon individuals we once were. I pray that God reaches your soul.”

Graig Graziosi29 June 2022 17:37


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