Former pop star R. Kelly found guilty of sex offenses again

Just a few weeks ago, the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer was sentenced to 30 years in New York for abusing minors. In a second trial in Chicago, he was charged with 13 counts, including multiple counts of creating child pornography and abetting minors to engage in sexual activity.

According to the New York Times, twelve jurors acquitted him on seven counts, including charges of obstruction of justice. The sentence will be announced at a later date, with Kelly facing several decades of imprisonment. Kelly had always denied the allegations. He has been in prison since the summer of 2019. Two of Kelly’s other accused former employees were acquitted.

In Chicago it was also about a video that has been known for many years, which shows Kelly abusing a 14-year-old girl and urinating on her. In this case, the musician was already acquitted by a jury in 2008. Prosecutors accused him of forcing the victim not to testify at trial. In the new process, the now adult woman had confirmed that she was the same person in the video.

The process is – following cases like filmmaker Harvey Weinstein and comedian Bill Cosby – another much-anticipated legal act in the MeToo era. The first charges against Chicago-born Robert Sylvester Kelly were made nearly 25 years ago, in 1967. But the king of music seemed unstoppable on his pop throne and remained at large for a long time. With over 50 million albums sold, numerous Grammys and other awards, he was one of the most successful musicians of the late 20th century.

But in the latest when the sensational documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” summarized the allegations in 2019, the singer became more and more lonely. The stars distanced themselves from him, as well as radio stations, streaming services, and then his music label RCA, which belongs to Sony Music.

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