R&B singer R. Kelly was found guilty by a New York Jury of recruiting women and teenagers for sex, and brutally abusing them, delivering a verdict that could put him behind bars for the rest of his life.
R. Kelly whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, could face decades in prison at sentencing, which is scheduled for May 4.
The superstar singer was involved in leading a decades-long sex crime ring where he used his fame, his popularity, and the network of people at his disposal to target, groom, and exploit girls, boys, and young women for his sexual gratification.
To convict the singer, on the most serious charge of racketeering (dishonest and fraudulent business dealings), jurors had to find him guilty of at least two of 14 "predicate acts"- the crimes elemental to the wider pattern of illegal wrongdoing.
Kelly was also convicted on all eight charges of violating the Mann Act, an anti-sex trafficking law.
More than 40 witnesses and 11 accusers took the stand during the 25-day trial.
The verdict comes 13 years after Kelly was acquitted of child pornography charges at an Illinois state trial.
Kelly’s attorney said they are considering filing an appeal and are disappointed in the jury’s’ verdict.
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