R.Kelly Will Receive A Sentence For Sex Trafficking And Racketeering Crimes
R.Kelly will finally receive his sentence in court today after evading accusations of sexual abuse for years. The troubled musician is scheduled to appear before the judge who will sentence him in his sex trafficking and racketeering case. During a federal trial in Brooklyn in 2021, the artist was convicted guilty of enticing women and girls for sex.
Using his “fame, money, and influence” to “prey upon children and young women for his own sexual enjoyment,” the prosecutors on the case are asking for a 25-year prison term, according to a filing. Kelly’s legal team, meanwhile, has argued that the singer should be given a maximum 10-year prison term because of “experienced a traumatic childhood involving severe, prolonged childhood sexual abuse, poverty, and violence” that contributed to his “hypersexual” behavior.
“His victimization continued into adulthood where, because of his literacy deficiencies, the defendant has been repeatedly defrauded and financially abused, often by the people he paid to protect him,” his legal team stated.
The singer is a “musical genius,” according to the unsealed document from Kelly’s attorney Jennifer Bonjean “rich and complicated story that is highly relevant to this Court’s goal of fashioning an appropriate sentence for him.”
Kelly, According To The Authorities, Hasn’t Yet Accepted Responsibility For His Crimes
“First, the defendant continues to avoid any acknowledgment of the seriousness of his conduct or the harm that he caused, further supporting the government’s contention that the defendant has shown no acceptance of responsibility and is unlikely to be deterred from committing future crimes,” Elizabeth Geddes, an assistant US attorney, penned a report for Insider. “Second, in his submission, the defendant perpetuates his version of events in a manner that is flagrantly false and contrary to the evidence adduced at trial.”
Kelly has been imprisoned without being granted bail since he was charged with a number of offenses in 2019. He is still under investigation in Chicago for obstructing justice and child pornography. On August 15th, the trial is scheduled to start.
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