R Kelly is charged with extortion and sex trafficking


Singer & BR Kelly faces life behind bars for plotting a detailed scheme to seduce and sexually exploit young singers and young children.

The former star was described in the 1990s as a “predator” who used his fame and fortune to “prey on the young, weak and voiceless for his sexual gratification” after his conviction.

He was indicted by a jury in September last year on multiple counts of racketeering, with bribery and forced labor charges.

Kelly, 55, was also found in violation of the anti-sex trafficking law known as the Mann Act.

The singer, who has denied all charges, was found guilty on all nine charges after a six-week trial in Brooklyn, New York.

His sentence is at least 10 years, but he may be sentenced to life imprisonment for his crimes.

Federal prosecutors have asked for a sentence of “over 25 years” even though the singer’s lawyers have asked him to charge less than 10 years.

Several victims of his abuse are expected to make victim impact statements to the court, and Kelly himself may make a statement, having refused to take a stand during the trial.

The singer, real name Robert Sylvester Kelly, has been held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn since the sentencing.

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