A Brooklyn jury deliberated for nine hours before finding R Kelly guilty of all nine counts against him. He faced racketeering and eight violations of the Mann Act. This marks the first time he’s been criminally prosecuted despite years of allegations of misconduct that have trailed him for a quarter of century. Now the 54-year-old is facing 10 years to life in prison when he’s sentenced on May 4th of next year.
Kelly’s case marks the first time a high-profile man in the #MeToo era has been held accountable for abusing Black women. Jacquelyn M. Kasulis, the acting US attorney in Brooklyn, said that the verdict sent a powerful message to men like Kelly. “No one deserves what they experienced at his hands or the threats and harassment they faced in telling the truth about what happened to them. We hope that today’s verdict brings some measure of comfort and closure,” she noted.
Meanwhile, Kelly’s defense lawyer wasn’t pleased at all. “Of course we are disappointed in the verdict,” Deveraux L. Cannick said as he walked through the courthouse. “I am even more disappointed in the prosecution for bringing this case,” that was, in his opinion, “replete with inconsistencies.” They are considering an appeal, but those may have to wait because Kelly’s also facing a federal trial in Chicago on child pornography and obstruction charges, and additional state sex crime charges in Illinois and Minneapolis.
Source: New York Times