American singer R. Kelly found guilty of human trafficking: his scheme worked for 20 years
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American singer Robert Kelly, better known as R. Kelly, was found guilty of using his celebrity status to organize a scheme of sexual abuse of women and children, which operated for two decades, reports Chronicle.info with reference to TSN.
< p> It is noted that eleven people were sued against the star, including nine women and two men. For six weeks, they described in the courtroom the sexual humiliation and violence to which Kelly was subjected.
At the end of the trial, the jury found the singer guilty of all charges against him. The verdict is due on May 4. According to the newspaper, 54-year-old R. Kelly faces life imprisonment.
According to the investigation, Kelly was engaged in the trafficking of women and children for the purpose of sexual exploitation between different states of the United States. He also produced child pornography and organized kidnappings.
Victims were usually sought after among his concert audience or aspiring singers whom the artist offered to help in his musical career.
After the victims agreed to cooperate, they were trapped and forced to & nbsp; adhere to the so-called & # 171; Rob's rules & # 187; for breaking which they were severely punished.
In addition to perverse and sadistic whims, the victims of the singer, best known for the hit & nbsp; & # 171; I Believe I Can Fly & # 187;, were also subjected to psychological abuse.
& # 171; They were not allowed to eat or use the bathroom without Kelly's permission, he controlled what kind of clothes they wear and made them call him & # 171; dad & # 187;, the material says.
According to The Associated Press, the jury was shown videos of Kelly having sex with women without their consent. Also in one of the video clips were footage in which the victim Kelly smeared feces on her face & # 171; for violating his rules & # 187 ;.
Among other charges – a fraudulent marriage with 15-year-old singer Aaliya, who died in a plane crash in 2001 at the age of 22. It is indicated that the marriage with a minor was concluded thanks to a bribe to a state employee.
One of the witnesses, a former radio station trainee who called herself Sonya, said that Kelly invited her to Chicago for an interview at his studio in 2003. When the girl arrived, she was locked in a room, from which they had not been allowed out for several days, occasionally allowing her to take a shower.
& # 171; The doors were locked. I wanted to go out & # 187 ;, & # 8212; Sonia said, adding that she lost consciousness after the first meal in several days, and when she woke up, she saw Kelly straightening her pants. According to the victim, the singer raped her when she was unconscious.
According to CNN, in general, a jury in a court in the Eastern District of New York found the artist guilty on nine counts, in particular one count of racketeering and eight counts of violation of & # 171; Mann's Law & # 187; about human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
& # 171; The conviction forever branded R. Kelly as a predator who used his fame and fortune to hunt the young, vulnerable and speechless for his own sexual gratification & # 187 ;, & # 8212; said Jacqueline Kasulis, Acting US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
Note that Kelly is charged with child pornography in a Chicago court. He also faces charges of sexual assault in Illinois and Minnesota.
As reported, R. Kelly was accused of aggravated sexual assault under ten articles. It was about four victims, three of whom are minors. The prosecution argued that the incidents occurred between 1998 and 2010.