R. Kelly Convicted
Guilty of the crime of sexual harassment & prostitution
R&B singer R. Kelly, who for more than 25 years faced charges of sexually abusing dozens of young victims without consequence, was finally found guilty of felonies of sexual abuse and prostitution on Monday.
Before the verdict was set, R. Kelly had been repeatedly reported. For 20 years, R. Kelly has been suing frequently. The 54-year-old was able to continue to escape due to a bail payment and lack of evidence. Here’s a list of sexual assaults and crimes that R. Kelly has committed.
Marrying an underage woman (R. Kelly Convicted)
In 1994, R. Kelly married Aaliyah Dana Haughton or more popularly as Aaliyah. At that time, Aaliyah was 15 years old and had to be pregnant with her child. To keep his good name, R. Kelly married Aaliyah. Her marriage broke up in February 1995 because she was caught using false documents.
R. Kelly reportedly made bribes to the government in order to fake Aaliyah’s age. Demetrius Smith, former tour manager R. Kelly, said in his testimony that Demetrius Smith paid $500.
Sued for emotional distress (R. Kelly Convicted)
In 1996, for the first time, R. Kelly received a lawsuit over allegations of sexual harassment. Tiffany Hawkins sued R. Kelly citing the emotional distress she suffered over three years. Tiffany claimed to have had sex with R. Kelly since she was 15, then stopped when she was 18. According to the Chicago Sun Times, Tiffany is suing for $10 million. When the trial was over and the matter was deemed to be over, Tiffany received only $250,000.
A lawsuit from an intern
This time the lawsuit against R. Kelly comes from an intern at Epic Records. In 2001, Tracy Sampson filed a lawsuit with reports that R. Kelly had persuaded her to have sex when she was just 17 years old. Tracy Sampson claims to have been treated like a personal sexual object of the “I Believe I can Fly” hitmaker and treated badly. R. Kelly has denied the allegations and is still free to carry out his activities.
Back to the lawsuit (R. Kelly Convicted)
From April to May 2002, R. Kelly was sued again, this time from Patrice Jones. Patrice claims to have been impregnated by R. Kelly and forced to have an abortion. Montina Woods also sued R. Kelly for filming their sexual scenes without her knowledge. In fact, the record was reportedly sold under the title ‘R. Kelly Triple-X’. Both cases were settled out of court, with R. Kelly paying some money as hush money.
Child abuse videos
One morning, the Chicago Sun Times got an anonymous e-mail, containing footage of R. Kelly’s sexual encounter. Based on this recording, R. Kelly finally began to be examined. Still in denial, R. Kelly put a security deposit of $750,000. It took six years for the case to go to trial, and eventually a jury ruled that R. Kelly was innocent. Lack of evidence is one of the reasons R. Kelly was acquitted of all charges. (R. Kelly Convicted)
Arrest of R. Kelly
From 2002 to 2004, R. Kelly was arrested by police and charged with 12 counts. Police found photos of R. Kelly’s sexual relationship with children on his personal camera. The charges were dropped because a judge agreed that there was not enough evidence to charge R. Kelly.
New allegations for R. Kelly
Reporter Jim DeRogatis wrote the article on BuzzFeed. This article is about interviews of parents of children who were victims of sexual abuse from R. Kelly. Parents say that R. Kelly has brainwashed their children. R. Kelly even organized the lives of his victims and did not let the victim feel free.
This was justified by some witnesses who began to give statements. Jerhonda Pace says she was forced to have sex while she was a minor. Kitti Jones claimed that R. Kelly had starved her and physically abused her. Lovell Jones, who had worked with him, also stated that R. Kelly once asked him to find a young girl for himself. (R. Kelly Convicted)
The hashtag #MuteRKelly persuaded record label RCA to terminate the contract with R. Kelly. They also targeted concert promoters, ticket sellers, and streaming services Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora, to remove R. Kelly’s songs from their platforms. It was eventually cancelled.
Both his lawyer, domestic assistant, and publicist decided to stop working with him. His lawyers denied it and explained that they had other reasons to quit. In addition, a new lawsuit from his ex-girlfriend claimed to have been corrected for venereal disease by R. Kelly.
Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly
In 2019, there was a lifetime documentary surviving R. Kelly that aired as many as 6 episodes. The film has had planned concerts in America and New Zealand cancelled.
Michael Avenatti, a lawyer, claimed to have received a video of R. Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old girl. Within a few weeks, R. Kelly was again 10 allegations of sexual harassment. Prosecutors later increased the number of charges to 11 charges of sexual assault and abuse of minors between the ages of 13 and 16. On the other hand, R. Kelly continues to argue that he is innocent.
Sex trafficking allegations (R. Kelly Convicted)
In 2019 R Kelly was charged with two different charges from Illinois and Brooklyn. The charges contain efforts by R. Kelly and his friends to recruit underage girls across the country for illegal purposes.
Coming to a New York court, R. Kelly pleaded not guilty and was prepared to grant bail which was later denied. A few days later R. Kelly was again charged, this time from a Brooklyn federal judge. For all his charges, R. Kelly is in Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center.
Delayed trial period
R. Kelly’s trial in Chicago in March 2020 had to be postponed because the court confiscated all of his electronic devices in numbers over 100. Prosecutors also added to the charges due to the rising number of victims.
Not staying silent, R. Kelly’s friend tried to intimidate the victim and offered him $500,000 in bribes. Other victims are threatened with the threat of spreading videos or photos of those who are having sex. The good news is that no victims received the money. All threats and bribery have been reported.
Two months before his trial began, attorneys Steve Greenberg and Michael Leonard resigned, and the trial continued on August 18, 2021 in New York.
On September 27, after two days of deliberations, a jury found the American singer guilty of nine charges. The charges include one count of extortion and eight violations of the Mann Act, which regulates trafficking of women for pleasure, prostitution or other immoral acts.
R. Kelly is also accused of intentionally transmitting sexual assault, bribery, kidnapping, forced labor, and child pornography. With all these lawsuits, R. Kelly’s sentence will fall on May 4, 2022 and R. Kelly will spend 10 years in prison.
That’s a long list of R. Kelly abuse cases. Although he had succeeded in becoming a singer, but this fatal mistake even became the abyss of R. Kelly’s failure. May the victims continue to be given fortitude and strength, yes!
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