American rapper R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for running a chain of prostitution and racketeering reports the BBC. He was also fined $ 100,000. He is currently facing separate criminal charges in three more cases.
He used his popularity and reputation to lure women and girls and drag them into the chain of prostitution. The abuse lasted for more than two decades. Judge Ann Donnelly said during the sentencing that he forced the victims to do "disgusting things" and that many of them “experienced a traumatic childhood involving severe, prolonged childhood se*ual abuse, poverty, and violence." Through tears and anger, R Kelly's accusers told a court on Wednesday he had preyed on them and misled his fans, while the fallen R&B star awaited sentencing on his federal se* trafficking conviction.
"You made me do things that broke my spirit. I literally wished I would die because of how low you made me feel," one woman told the Grammy-winning, multiplatinum-selling singer. She said she was forever traumatized by her teenage experience with him.
"Do you remember that?” she asked. A third woman said Kelly's conviction renewed her confidence in the legal system. “I once lost hope,” she said, addressing the court and prosecutors, “but you restored my faith”.
The woman said Kelly victimized her after she went to a concert when she was 17. “I was afraid, naive and didn’t know to handle the situation,” she said, so she didn't speak up at the time. “Silence,” she said, “is a very lonely place”.
Kelly kept his hands folded and eyes downcast as he listened.
“He's strong, and we are going to get through this,” defense lawyer Jennifer Bonjean said on her way into court. Whatever his sentence, Kelly is hopeful his conviction will be overturned on appeal, she said.
The court also found that he had illegally collected the documentation needed to marry rapper Aaliyah 1994, who was only 15 at the time. "I was happier than what I heard his lawyer was trying to propose. I think that the situation is that he's destroyed so many lives for so long that I think 25 is too low," Martinez said.
"We deal with residual side effects. We have to live with this forever. It's not something that just goes away. Lock him up and throw the key away or put him under the jail forever. "I would say life. I don't think he's ever gonna stop doing what he does." his victim Lizzette Martinez said earlier.