R&B singer R Kelly has been found guilty of six out of 13 counts in a trial related to child abuse images.
The singer has been charged in his hometown of Chicago with 13 counts – including produce child abuse imagesluring minors for sex and rigging his 2008 child sex abuse trial.
Kelly and Derrel McDavid, the singer’s former business manager, were charged with rigging Kelly’s 2008 trial for state child pornography by intimidating and paying off witnesses.
The singer, full name Robert Sylvester Kelly, was found guilty of luring underage girls to have sex with him, but not guilty of obstruction of justice.
The jury began deliberating on Tuesday after hearing weeks of testimony and viewing snippets of an explicit video which one of Kelly’s accusers, Jane, claims depicts her as a 14-year-old with the R&B singer. .
Kelly, who is known for his hit I Believe I Can Fly and sex-infused songs such as Bump N’ Grind, sold millions of albums even after abuse allegations began circulating in the 1990s. .
Widespread outrage emerged after the #MeToo reckoning and the 2019 docuseries Surviving R. Kelly.
Kelly, 55, has already been sentenced in New York for racketeering and sex trafficking and was sentenced in June to 30 years in federal prison.
On that basis alone, he cannot be released until he is around 80 – but these new convictions could add years to his sentence.
The Chicago trial was in many ways a second attempt at the 2008 one, with key video essential to both.
Two other trials are ongoing; one in Minnesota and another in state court in Chicago.
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‘Cockroaches in a Soup Bowl’
On Tuesday, Kelly’s attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, told the court that key government witnesses were admitted liars who testified with immunity to ensure they could not be charged.
At times outraged and raising her voice, Ms. Bonjean likened their testimony and other evidence to a cockroach and the government’s case to a bowl of soup.
If a cockroach falls into the soup, she says, “You don’t just pull out the cockroach and eat the rest of the soup. You throw away all the soup.
She said of the prosecution case: “There are just too many cockroaches.”