Kelly was found guilty on charges of racketeering and sex trafficking. He was accused of abusing his victims sexually and physically because of his celebrity and position. During the week-long trial, jurors in a federal court in New York heard from a variety of witnesses. Allegations of heinous mistreatment aimed primarily at Black women and children.
- Kelly was found guilty of racketeering charges for abusing women, girls, and boys. The conviction came two years after long-rumored accusations against Kelly surfaced. Kelly was able to get away with his criminal behavior in part because of the race of his victims, one commentator said.
- It almost took two days of negotiation from where the jury found the US star guilty on the overall nine custodies he was facing
During the trial, witnesses claimed that Kelly exposed them to perverted and cruel behavior when they were under the age of 18, including beatings and a pattern of excessive controlling behavior.
- Kelly’s victims were not “money diggers” or “groupies,” according to an assistant US attorney testifying in his sex abuse trial. Kelly thought that he is famous so he could do whatever he wanted to do discussing Nadia Shihata. “He’s not a genius, he’s a crook,” she continued.
- Kelly used tactics from “the predator playbook” to sexually harassed his victims. These included isolating them in hotel rooms and subjecting them to degrading rules, such as making them call him “Daddy”. One witness said she was told to smear feces on her face and “put it in my mouth and act as I liked”.
- R Kelly’s former tour manager spoke about bribing a government employee on Kelly’s behalf to obtain a false ID for singer Aaliyah so that Kelly could marry her when she was just 15 years old. Kelly was accused of using a shoe to beat a lady who was only 17 years old when she began sexual contact with the singer, according to another witness.
- Kelly was apprehended by federal agents and NYPD detectives in Chicago in July 2019. Kelly allegedly sexually abused Aaliyah when she was 13 or 14 years old, according to a witness. Due to the epidemic and to allow the New York case to proceed, he was charged with child abuse picture and obstruction. His trial was postponed. Although the New York trial is completed, Kelly still has additional court appearances ahead of him.
Kelly’s allegations in Chicago will be transferred to Minnesota, where he will face similar charges of prostitution with a juvenile. The case will be postponed until the Chicago accusations are resolved, according to prosecutors.