R. Kelly Found Guilty In Racketeering & Sex Trafficking Trial

A jury found singer R. Kelly guilty in the federal racketeering and sexual assault case against him. Kelly has been convicted of all counts in the case, including racketeering and multiple violations of the Mann Act which can carry a a multi-decade prison sentence.

The 54-year-old, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, faced multiple federal charges including running a criminal enterprise for the purpose of recruiting and transporting women and underaged girls for sexual acts. One of the six women listed in the case against Kelly was Aaliyah, the late R&B star who died in a plane crash in 2001.

Kelly's former tour manager, Demetrius Smith, told the court he bribed an Illinois government employee with $500 to obtain a fake ID for Aaliyah in 1994 so she and Kelly could get married. A second woman in the case said Kelly told her the marriage was so the then 15-year-old could have an abortion.

Kelly was indicted in July 2019 on federal racketeering related to the illegal marriage scheme involving Aaliyah, as well as 10 counts of aggravated child sexual abuse.


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