A Chicago court on Wednesday convicted American R&B star R. Kelly is accused of exploiting children for pornographic purposes, months after he was sentenced last June to 30 years in prison in a case related to sexual crimes against young women, including minors.
Robert Sylvester Kelly, 55, was convicted of child pornography and deceiving a minor, according to the Chicago Tribune.
However, a federal jury acquitted Kelly, known internationally for his song “I Believe I Can Fly”, and whose record sold 75 million copies, on other charges of obstruction of justice.
Kelly was accused of having, along with two of his ex-partners acquitted also Wednesday, disrupted his 2008 child pornography trial by making a victim, through threats and bribery, not testify. The jury acquitted him at the end of the trial that day.
But the same victim, now 37, testified this time, according to AFP.
about 11 hours
During the trial sessions, excerpts from video clips showing the sexual violence committed by Kelly against underage girls, one of whom was not over fourteen, were shown.
It took the 12-member jury about 11 hours to reach this verdict, which could add another heavy prison sentence to Kelly’s already and up to 30 years in prison.
It is reported that R. Kelly was convicted in September 2021 in New York of running a “system” of sexual exploitation of girls, including minors, over a period of 3 decades.