/ 30 June 2022

R Kelly sentenced

Image source: Getty
Image source: Getty

American R&B singer/producer R Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison this morning after being found guilty of 9 racketeering and sex trafficking last year. The 55yo, best known for the 1996 hit I Believe I Can Fly (which won 3 Grammy Awards), was found to have used his celebrity status to lure women and underage girls with promises of jumpstarting their careers before taking control over their lives and sexually assaulting them. Kelly has long denied the many allegations from many women. Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of more than 25 years due to his lack of remorse, but Kelly’s lawyer said he deserved no more than 10 years. The singer says he was abused as a child, and his lawyer claims he has a low IQ and is “functionally illiterate”. Kelly is also facing trials in Chicago, Illinois and Minnesota.

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