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R. Kelly Gets 20 Years, but Catches a Big Break

All but one will be served simultaneously with a previous sentence

(Newser) - R. Kelly was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in prison for child pornography and enticement of minors for sex— but he will serve all but one of those years simultaneously with a 30-year sentence on racketeering and sex trafficking convictions. US District Judge Harry Leinenweber ordered that Kelly serve...

R. Kelly Sex Abuse Charges Dropped
R. Kelly Sex Abuse
Charges Dropped

R. Kelly Sex Abuse Charges Dropped

Illinois prosecutor says singer is already likely to die in prison

(Newser) - With R. Kelly already expected to spend the rest of his life in prison, prosecutors in Chicago have decided to drop sex crime charges against the singer, some of them involving minors. Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx said Monday that her office "will no longer be pursuing...

R. Kelly Found Guilty on Multiple Counts in Chicago

Jury convicts him on child pornography, enticement counts

(Newser) - Disgraced, imprisoned R&B star R. Kelly has been found guilty on six out of 13 charges at his federal trial in Chicago and is now facing deeper disgrace and a longer prison sentence. The jury found Kelly guilty of three counts of sexual exploitation of a child via production...

R. Kelly Lawyer Likens Evidence to 'Cockroaches'

Jury in Chicago trial begins deliberations

(Newser) - Jurors began deliberating Tuesday at R. Kelly's federal trial in Chicago, sorting through a month of evidence and arguments to decide verdicts on charges accusing the singer of producing child pornography, enticing minors for sex, and successfully rigging his 2008 child porn trial. A day after prosecutors delivered their...

R.Kelly Juror Has Panic Attack
R. Kelly Juror Has Panic Attack

R. Kelly Juror Has Panic Attack

Juror is excused after closing argument incident

(Newser) - Four hours into closing arguments in the R. Kelly trial Monday, a juror had a panic attack and was excused by the judge and replaced with an alternate. "I’ve been advised she said she can’t go on one minute more," said the judge before replacing Juror...

Prosecution Rests Its Case Against R. Kelly

Fourth accuser took the stand Tuesday

(Newser) - Prosecutors rested their case Tuesday at R. Kelly’s federal trial in Chicago after presenting two weeks of evidence and testimony from four Kelly accusers in their bid to prove the singer enticed underage girls for sex, produced child pornography, and successfully rigged his 2008 state trial. Among the last...

Witness: Kelly Was Desperate to Recover Lost Sex Tape

He says singer offered $1M for return of tape that could send him to prison

(Newser) - A former merchandizing agent for R. Kelly testified Tuesday that the singer offered him $1 million to find a VHS tape featuring Kelly. Prosecutors sought persuade jurors that Kelly was desperate to recover the missing recording, knowing it could land him in legal peril if it fell into the hands...

R. Kelly's 'Goddaughter' Tells a Damning Tale

Woman says singer had sex with her 'hundreds' of times when she was underage

(Newser) - A woman who has been central to R. Kelly’s legal troubles for more than two decades testified Thursday that the R&B singer had sex with her “hundreds” of times before she turned 18 years old, starting when she was 15, per the AP . Jane—the pseudonym for...

R. Kelly's Chicago Trial Begins
R. Kelly Is on Trial Again

R. Kelly Is on Trial Again

New federal trial could add decades to his sentence

(Newser) - R. Kelly is back in Chicago but it's not exactly a triumphant homecoming for the R&B star. Kelly, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison in a federal sex abuse case in June, is back in his hometown for another federal trial that could add decades to...

R. Kelly's Manager Convicted of Phoning in Threat to Theater

Donnell Russell was accused of attempting to protect singer with unusual strategy

(Newser) - Update: Donnell Russell, the manager of convicted singer R. Kelly, was found guilty Friday of making a threat by phone to prevent the showing of a film about his client. A jury convicted Russell of threatening physical harm through interstate communication, the AP reports. He was cleared on a conspiracy...

One of R. Kelly's Alleged Victims Tells Court: We're Engaged

Joycelyn Savage's family isn't sure they believe it

(Newser) - A strange twist in the R. Kelly sex trafficking scandal: One of the singer's alleged victims says the two are engaged. In a letter written to the judge in the case, asking for Kelly to be given a lenient sentence, 26-year-old Joycelyn Savage describes herself as Kelly's fiance...

Put on Suicide Watch, R. Kelly Sues
Put on Suicide Watch,
R. Kelly Sues

Put on Suicide Watch, R. Kelly Sues

Lawyer calls treatment by detention center 'purely punitive'

(Newser) - R. Kelly has begun his 30-year prison sentence on suicide watch, and he's gone to court to change that. Jennifer Bonjean, a lawyer for Kelly, said the suicide watch at Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn was imposed for "purely punitive reasons," NBC News reports. "MDC Brooklyn...

Judge Sentences R. Kelly to 30 Years in Prison

Prosecutors sought a minimum 25-year term

(Newser) - R& B star R. Kelly was found guilty of racketeering and other counts last year at a trial that was seen as a signature moment in the #MeToo movement. Now, his fate: US District Judge Ann Donnelly on Wednesday sentenced the 55-year-old to 30 years in prison, reports the AP...

R. Kelly Was on Suicide Watch After Conviction
R. Kelly
Now Facing
a Second Trial

R. Kelly Now Facing a Second Trial

He was temporarily put on suicide watch after his conviction

(Newser) - A federal judge on Wednesday ordered R&B superstar R. Kelly to stand trial in Chicago on child pornography and obstruction of justice charges next year after the scheduled sentencing for his conviction in an earlier sex trafficking trial in New York, per the AP . US District Judge Harry Leinenweber...

R. Kelly Case Reveals a Disturbing Truth
R. Kelly Case Reveals
a Disturbing Truth
the rundown

R. Kelly Case Reveals a Disturbing Truth

When victims are Black women and girls, justice often comes late or not at all

(Newser) - In the wake of R. Kelly's conviction as a sexual predator , one question is common in the assessments: What took so long? Accusations first surfaced decades ago, and somehow Robert Sylvester Kelly kept going. At the New Yorker , Jim DeRogatis (whose reporting helped break the case ) suggests the...

This Was the Music Industry's Biggest #MeToo Conviction
Attorney: R. Kelly Is the
Worst Predator I've Pursued

Attorney: R. Kelly Is the Worst Predator I've Pursued

Verdict marks the music industry's biggest conviction of MeToo era

(Newser) - Some 13 years after he was acquitted on child pornography charges, a federal jury has found R. Kelly guilty on all counts , including sex trafficking and sexual exploitation of a child. The 54-year-old R&B star could now face decades in prison. "This is by far the highest-profile, post-#MeToo...

Jury Finds R. Kelly Guilty on All Counts

He faces 10 years to life in prison

(Newser) - R. Kelly, the R&B superstar known for his anthem "I Believe I Can Fly," was convicted Monday in a sex trafficking trial after decades of avoiding criminal responsibility for numerous allegations of misconduct with young women and children. A jury of seven men and five women found...

Jury Deliberates in R. Kelly Trial
Jury Deliberates
in R. Kelly Trial

Jury Deliberates in R. Kelly Trial

Accusers stayed for the 'lavish lifestyle,' defense says, while prosecutor calls him a predator

(Newser) - R. Kelly's fate is now in a jury's hands, after weeks of lurid testimony in his sexual misconduct trial. A jury of seven men and five women began deliberating racketeering and sex-trafficking charges against the R&B superstar Friday, the AP reports. Prosecutors and defense attorneys finished their...

R. Kelly's Lawyer Likens His Fight to Martin Luther King Jr's

'NYT' points out singer's legal woes are far from over

(Newser) - As far as closing arguments go, it was a comparison that got attention if nothing else. After a six-week sex-trafficking trial, a lawyer for R. Kelly wrapped things up by comparing his client to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Thursday. The BBC reports attorney Deveraux Cannick explained Kelly led...

R. Kelly Declines to Testify at Trial

Closing arguments begin in sex-trafficking trial

(Newser) - A prosecutor began closing arguments in the R. Kelly sex trafficking trial Wednesday by telling jurors that the government had delivered on its promises to prove that the R&B singer had for years commanded close associates to help him target, groom and exploit girls, boys, and young women for...

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