A famous and successful R&B singer Singer R. Kelly has been Found Guilty of Racketeering. The verdict was passed by a a federal jury in Brooklyn New York City.
According to live reports published by The New York Times, the singer sat motionless in the courtroom as he was found guilty of all nine counts of the racketeering and sex-trafficking charges against him. This is by far the highest-profile, post-Me Too conviction involving sexual abuse seen in the American music industry.
R. Kelly was first indicted 2 years ago on July 2019 and had last year pleaded not guilty to the charges of involving in underage sex against him. His trial began on August 18, with the prosecution presenting testimony from 45 witnesses over a span of nearly three weeks. The jury, which consisted of seven men and five women, began deliberating on September 24.
The racketeering charge comprised 12 individual criminal acts, according to the Tribune. Kelly was also found guilty of eight violations of the Mann Act, involving the transportation of a victim across state lines for criminal sexual activity, according to the reports. The singer is facing 10 years to life in prison and will be sentenced on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.
R. Kelly’s conviction marked a stunning fall for a man who was once one of the biggest names in R&B music. It came after the first Me Too-era trial in which most of the victims were Black women.