Multi-award winning RnB singer R Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex trafficking and racketeering.
The 55-year-old was convicted in 2019 of using his fame to attract young fans and sexually abuse them.
Kelly’s sentence came after US Judge Ann Donnelly heard moving testimony from several of Kelly’s victims throughout the five-and-a-half-week trial.
A woman known as Jane Doe No. 2. told the court that the humiliation and degradation she suffered at the hands of Kelly impacted almost every aspect of her life.
“You made me do things that broke my spirit. I literally wished I died because of how bad you made me feel,” she said.
“Do you remember that?”
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Judge Donnelly said the evidence clearly exposed “Kelly’s indifference to human suffering” and his flagrant abuse of power over his victims.
“This case is not about sex. It is about violence, cruelty and control,” she told Kelly.
“You left a trail of shattered lives in your wake.”
– Judge Ann Donnelly
A number of Kelly’s victims have testified that the singer forced them to obey a strict set of rules, including asking her permission to use the bathroom.
Victims were also forced to refer to the singer as “dad” and were often violently spanked when they broke “Rob’s rules”.
Kelly’s illegal marriage to then-underage singer Aaliyah was also used as evidence.
Kelly married Aaliyah when she was just 15 under a fake marriage license stating the teenager was 18, while Kelly was 27.
The RnB hit singer produced and wrote an album with Aaliyah in 1994 before her tragic death in a plane crash in 2001.
Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison and was fined $100,000.
The 55-year-old did not address the court throughout the proceedings but continued to deny the allegations through his lawyers.
Kelly’s defense tried to argue that the singer should receive the minimum 10-year sentence because of the extreme sexual abuse he suffered as a child.
The “I Believe I can Fly” singer, real name Robert Sylvester Kelly, has been in jail since his 2019 arrest.
Kelly was officially convicted of sex trafficking and racketeering nine months ago.
Kelly also faces obstruction of justice and child pornography charges in Chicago, which he will address in court in August.
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