RNB singer R. Kelly has been officially sentenced 30 years in his sex abuse trafficking case. The singer was sentenced to years in prison after being convicted last year on several charges including human trafficking, racketeering, and violating the MANN Act. The singer was accused of abusing under age girls and women over several decades. Following the graphic documentary ‘Surviving R. Kelly’, where a group of Kelly’s alleged victims spoke out regarding the singer abuse during his nearly 30 year career; the singer was investigated by authorities and subsequently arrested.

With various shocking testimonies during his racketeering trial, including claims he married the late R&B icon Aaliyah at the tender age of 15, along with sextapes and more evidence from various alleged underage victims ; R. Kelly was found guilty in the state of New York. Kelly still faces a trial in Chicago as well on charges of child pornography and obstruction of justice.

Before his arrest came the singer had an outstandingly successful music career known for many hit songs including‘I Believe I Can Fly’, ‘Ignition’, and much more. The singer songwriter wrote hits for likes of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston earning the title ‘The King Of R&B’.

However, sexual allegations continued to follow the singer over the decades. From sextapes with under age girls along with claims of abuse within his home compound from former associates of the singer. R. Kelly’s ex-wife Andrea Kelly throw him under the bus for allegedly abusing her during their lengthy marriage.

During his sentencing trial on June 29 several of Kelly’s accuser spoke out against the singer according to the AP news. An accuser reportedly stated,

“You made me do things that broke my spirit. I literally wished I would die because of how low you made me feel,” one woman told the Grammy-winning, multiplatinum-selling singer. She said she was forever traumatized by her teenage experience with him.

“Do you remember that?” she asked.

Kelly manipulated millions of fans into believing he was someone other than the man the jury saw, another accuser told the court. 

Victims “have sought to be heard and acknowledged,” she said. “We are no longer the preyed-on individuals we once were.”

A third woman, sobbing and sniffling as she spoke, said Kelly’s conviction renewed her confidence in the legal system.

 

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