Superstar Singer Convicted After Decades of Molesting Minors

R. Kelly arrives at the 2013 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California.
R. Kelly arrives at the 2013 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California. (Reuters Marketplace - Cover Media Online Report)

Superstar singer R. Kelly (whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly), was found guilty Monday on all nine counts with which he was charged. Those included "racketeering and violations of the Mann Act, which prohibits the transport of 'any woman or girl' across state lines for any 'immoral purpose.'"

Acting Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Jacquelyn Kasulis said, "Today's guilty verdict forever brands R. Kelley as a predator, who used his fame and fortune to prey on the young, the vulnerable and the voiceless for his own sexual gratification."

Kelly, 54, came into stardom with his 1996 hit, "I Believe I Can Fly," a cut that appeared on the Space Jam soundtrack.

He exploited "young women and men 'for his own sexual gratification' and running a 'sex cult' by trafficking people across state lines," CBS News reports. He also allegedly blinded a government worker to help him marry late R&B singer Aaliyah when she was 15 years old."

Kelly was also the producer for Aaliyah's first album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number.

Unfortunately, it is now clear that the music industry giant used his fame and wealth to prey upon the vulnerable for his personal appetite.

It appears that justice is taking place in this scenario, and sentencing is scheduled for May 4, 2022. Kelly now faces 10 years to life in prison.

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