Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison after being found guilty of racketeering and sex trafficking. Kelly was convicted by a federal jury back in September 2021.
During his sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge Ann M. Donnelly said “These crimes were calculated and carefully planned and regularly executed for almost 25 years.” A victim made an impact statement stating in part that “With every addition of a new victim, you grew in wickedness, she said, also adding, “you used your fame and power to groom and coach underage boys and girls for your own sexual gratification…We are no longer the preyed-upon individuals we once were.”
Kelly's trial included testimony from 45 witnesses across three weeks, with nine women and two men alleging sexual abuse, as well as physical and emotional distress.
Federal prosecutors described the crimes as “fueled by narcissism.” And “[H]e committed these crimes using his fame and stardom as both a shield, which prevented close scrutiny or condemnation of his action, and a sword, which gave him access to wealth and a network of enablers to facilitate his crime, and an adoring fan base from which to cull his victim,” prosecutors wrote in their sentencing memorandum.
It is likely that Kelly will file an appeal.
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