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R. Kelly Found Guilty in Racketeering and Sex Trafficking Trial

R. Kelly was found guilty on all counts of racketeering and violations of the Mann Act.

9/27/2021 10:33:00 PM

R. Kelly was found guilty on all counts of racketeering and violations of the Mann Act.

The singer faced one count of racketeering and eight counts of violations of the Mann Act.

12:27 PM PDT, September 27, 2021Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty ImagesR. Kelly. The former R&B singer was found guilty of all counts by a federal jury in Brooklyn, the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York announced on Monday.

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Born Robert Sylvester Kelly, the singer faced one count of racketeering and eight violations of the Mann Act. The charges date back decades and involve six complaining witnesses, including the late singer, who died in a 2001 plane crash at 22. The 54-year-old has also been accused of knowingly infecting some accusers with a sexually transmitted disease, bribery, kidnapping, forced labor and producing child pornography. 

R. Kelly has been convicted of racketeering by a federal jury in Brooklyn— US Attorney EDNY (@EDNYnews)R. Kelly found guilty on ALL COUNTS— US Attorney EDNY (@EDNYnews)September 27, 2021The verdict comes after five weeks of testimony from more than 45 witnesses. Kelly, however, did not testify. Since being indicted by a grand jury in February 2019, the singer has maintained his innocence in all charges, with his defense depicting his accusers as groupies lying about their relationship with him.

In total, the defense called five witnesses, including a former Chicago police officer who pleaded guilty to felony forgery charges; John Holder, an accountant who worked for Kelly a year before the singer's arrest; a former musical collaborator, Dhanai Ramnaran, who testified he was never on Kelly's payroll but worked with him for 15 years; and Jeff Meeks, a former assistant for Kelly who testified that he once saw a woman attempting to leave Kelly's studio.

Federal prosecutors, meanwhile, called 45 witnesses to the stand, with 11 of them being Kelly's alleged accusers and eight former employees. Prosecutors described Kelly as a"predator," and accused him of leading"a criminal enterprise" of managers, bodyguards and other employees who allegedly helped the singer recruit women and underage girls for sex and pornography and to cross state lines for that purpose.

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R. Kelly Found Guilty of All Counts in Sex Trafficking TrialAfter nine hours of jury deliberation, R. Kelly has been found guilty of all counts—one of racketeering and eight of violating the Mann act, which bans interstate sex trafficking—in his New York trial. He could face life in prison