Rape, drugs, child pornography … the singer R. Kelly sentenced to thirty years in prison for sex crimes

The singer R. Kelly had been recognized in September 2021 for all the charges against him: extortion, sexual exploitation of a minor, kidnapping, trafficking, corruption and forced labor.

RB Kelly, a fallen American star. The singer was found guilty in September 2021 in New York of having led for years a “system” of sexual exploitation of young people, including minors from 1994 to 2018, was sentenced on Wednesday to 30 years in prison.

“A Sexual Predator”

The singer had been portrayed by the prosecution as “criminal, predatory”. Nine women and two men accused him of sexually abusing them, describing rape, forced drug taking, imprisonment or child pornography.

The prosecution castigated R. Kelly for having “used his notoriety (…) to make young, fragile and voiceless his prey for the purpose of sexual gratification”. For his part, the 55-year-old singer has always denied the facts. His lawyer indicated on Wednesday that he would appeal his conviction, specifies The world.

This lawsuit was considered a major step in the #MeToo movement: it was the first time that the majority of the plaintiffs were black women and that they accused a black artist, recalls 20 minutes.

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