R&BR singer Kelly was found guilty of six of 13 counts in a trial involving child abuse images.
The singer has been charged in his hometown of Chicago with 13 counts – including produce child abuse imagesenticing a minor to have sex, and cheating in a 2008 trial for child molestation.
Kelly and Derrel McDavid, the singer’s former business executive, are accused of fixing Kelly’s 2008 trial on state child pornography charges by threatening and paying witnesses.
Singer full name Robert Sylvester Kelly was found guilty of soliciting underage girls to have sex with him, but not guilty of obstruction of justice charges.
The jury began deliberation on Tuesday after hearing weeks of testimonies and viewing parts of an apparent video where one of Kelly’s accusers, Jane, said she was 14 years old with the R&B singer.
Kelly, who is known for her hit hit I Believe I Can Fly and sexually related songs like Bump N’ Grind, has sold millions of albums even after abuse allegations began circulating in the 1990s.
Widespread outrage emerged after the #MeToo calculation and 2019 documentary Surviving R. Kelly.
Kelly, 55 years old, yes was convicted in New York of human trafficking and sex trafficking and has in June was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.
Based on that alone, he won’t be eligible for release until he’s around 80 – but these new sentences could land him up to five more prison sentences.
In many ways, the Chicago trial was a second attempt in 2008, with a critical video critical of both.
The next two trials are pending; one in Minnesota and one in state court in Chicago.
‘Cockroaches in soup bowl’
On Tuesday, Kelly’s attorney Jennifer Bonjean told the court that key government witnesses who had been admitted as liars testified with immunity to ensure they could not be charged.
At times expressing indignation and raising her voice, Ms. Bonjean likened their testimony and other evidence to a cockroach and the government incident to a bowl of soup.
If a cockroach falls into the soup, she says, “You don’t just pull the cockroach out and eat the rest of the soup. You throw out the whole soup.”
“There are too many cockroaches,” she said of the prosecution’s case.