R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison after he was previously convicted of racketeering, human trafficking for sexual exploitation and more.
The 55-year-old Ignition singer was sentenced in New York on Wednesday, June 29, more than nine months after he was convicted of racketeering, for 14 major acts, including sexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping, bribery and human trafficking for sexual exploitation. He was also convicted on eight counts of violating the Mann Act, which is a sex trafficking law prohibiting the transportation of “any woman or girl” across state lines for “immoral purposes.”
Before the sentencing, several accusers issued a victim impact statement about how their lives were affected by the Grammy winner. Kelly, for his part, refused to make a statement in the courtroom.
“These crimes were calculated, carefully planned and regularly committed for almost 25 years,” Judge Ann M. Donnelly said during sentencing, according to The New York Times. — You taught them that love is enslavement and violence.
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