R Kelly updates: Artist sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex trafficking, racketeering

R Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison

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.”

1656538212

Lizzette Martinez, who gave a victim impact statement during the sentencing hearing, said she hoped R Kelly would get a harsher sentence

Lizzette Martinez, a suvivor of R Kelly’s abuse and who gave a victim impact statement during his sentencing hearing, said the singer kept her as a “sex slave.”

“I personally don’t think it’s enough but I’m pleased with it,” she told reporters after the ruling.

Graig Graziosi29 June 2022 22:30

1656537312

WATCH: Lizzette Martinez speaks after R Kelly sentencing

Lizzette Martinez, who gave a victim impact statement during the sentencing hearing, spoke after the ruling.

She said she never imagined she would see R Kelly brought to justice.

Graig Graziosi29 June 2022 22:15

1656536412

R Kelly’s attorney says she plans to appeal 30-year prison sentence

Jennifer Bonjean, R Kelly’s lawyer, said she plans to appeal the singer’s 30-year prison sentence.

Kelly was convicted on sex trafficking and racketeering charges in 2021.

Watch Ms Bonjean’s announcement in the clip below:

Graig Graziosi29 June 2022 22:00

1656535251

Victims’ attorney says they wanted court to ‘understand their pain’

Attorney Gloria Allred, who represented the victims in the R Kelly sentencing, told reporters after his sentencing that her clients “wanted the court to understand their pain.”

“Together they were able to fight his power by becoming empowered,” she said. “I’m proud of all of them.”

She said that her clients are “relieved he has been sent to prison.”

Graig Graziosi29 June 2022 21:40

1656534651

Homeland Security Investigations official calls R Kelly a ‘prolific serial predator’

Steve Francis, acting executive associate director for Homeland Security Investigations, said R Kelly is a “prolific serial predator, who utilized his status as a Grammy Award-winning household name with global recognition to inflict pain and anguish on so many victims.”

“Today’s sentencing sends a message that no amount of money or fame is enough to evade justice,” Mr Francis said. “Money, power and fame will not buy you immunity.”

He described the ruling as a victory for survivors and a vindication for their decades of abuse.

“Despite intense public scrutiny, despite social media slander, despite threats to their own health and safety, and despite being asked to relive the pain from the most traumatic points in their lives, they told their stories and they may their voices heard,” he said

Mr Francis said that “Kelly underestimated the bravery and resilience of those he once preyed upon when they were young and vulnerable.”

Graig Graziosi29 June 2022 21:30

1656534020

WATCH: R Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison

R Kelly Sentenced to 30 years in prison

Graig Graziosi29 June 2022 21:20

1656533420

US Attorney calls R Kelly a ‘predator’ following sentencing

Breon Peace, the US attorney for the Eastern District of New York, spoke with reporters after R Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison for racketeering and sex trafficking.

“R Kelly is a predator,” he said. “He continued committing his crimes for almost 30 years and avoided punishment – until today. These are the voices of mostly Black and brown women and children who were heard and believed. Justice was finally achieved. This is a victory for them, for justice, and victims of sexual assault. Victims must be heard, perpetrators must be held accountable, and women and children must be protected.”

He said he hopes the sentencing shows that “it doesn’t matter how rich [and] famous” an abuser is to be brought to justice.

Graig Graziosi29 June 2022 21:10

1656532618

Judge tells R Kelly he taught victims that ‘love is enslavement and violence’

U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly sentenced R Kelly to 30 years in prison on Wednesday.

Following her ruling, she told the singer that he used the promise of love as a vehicle for abuse.

“You had a system in place that lured young people into your orbit, and then you took over their lives… You taught them that love is enslavement and violence,” she said.

Graig Graziosi29 June 2022 20:56

1656532213

R Kelly’s lawyer said he was ‘prepared’ for ruling

R Kelly’s lawyer, Jennifer Bonjean, told reporters he was “prepared” for his sentencing today. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his sex trafficking and racketeering convictions.

She told reporters that he is “not a predator.”

“He has regrets and he is sad,” she said. “He disagrees with the characterizations that have been made about him.”

Graig Graziosi29 June 2022 20:50

1656529797

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.

Read more in the story below:

Graig Graziosi29 June 2022 20:09

Leave a Comment