R. Kelly found guilty, sentenced to life in prison


American singer R. Kelly has been found guilty of sexually abusing women, boys and girls for decades.

The singer was convicted of all nine counts, including racketeering and violations of the Mann Act.

The Mann Act prohibits the transport of "any woman or girl" across state lines for any "immoral purpose".

A jury of seven men and five women deliberated for about nine hours across two days before reaching their unanimous verdict.

For the illicit nuptials to move forward, Kelly relied on his entourage, prosecutors showed.

One of his victims was R&B singer Aaliyah, who Kelly illegally wed in a Chicago hotel room in 1994, when she was 15 years old.

Monday's verdict in federal court in Brooklyn comes just over 2 years after Kelly was arrested in Chicago for multiple federal sex crimes.

This case is not about a celebrity who likes to party a lot. This case is about a predator, prosecutor says.

Gloria Allred, a women's rights attorney who represented several of R. Kelly's accusers, stood outside the federal courthouse in Brooklyn shortly after the singer was found guilty of a decades-long scheme to recruit women and teenage girls for sex.


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