*Trigger Warning: This article consists of references to sexual assault*
Disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Wednesday, months after he was convicted on all 9 counts in a high-profile intercourse trafficking case. The US District Judge Ann Donnelly handed down the sentence in Brooklyn, New York, after a number of of Kelly’s victims addressed him on the listening to as they introduced their accounts.
Judge Donnelly in whereas delivering the sentence, stated to Kelly, “You took benefit of their hopes and desires, holding youngsters in your home trapped. You had been on the high of your group, and you raped and beat them, separated them from their households and pressured them to do unspeakable issues”, by way of NBC (*30*).
The trial centred on the allegations of six folks throughout which prosecutors stated Kelly was a serial sexual predator who abused younger ladies, in addition to underage women and boys, for greater than twenty years. It was additionally alleged that he and his entourage led a prison enterprise which recruited and groomed victims for intercourse, arranging for them to journey to live shows and occasions throughout the US. Kelly was additionally accused of confining victims in resort rooms or his recording studio, managing once they may eat and use the lavatory and forcing them to observe that they name him “Daddy.”
A sufferer who addressed court docket recalled an incident the place she was was pressured to carry out oral intercourse on Kelly.” Appearing in court docket, she stated, “You are an abuser, shameless, disgusting. I hope you go to jail for the remainder of your life. I really feel sorry for you”, by way of NBC (*30*). Kelly pleaded not responsible to all charges and didn’t take the stand in his personal defence.
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