R Kelly convicted of child pornography charges

After a month-long trial in his hometown of Chicago, the disgraced R&B singer R Kelly, who is already serving a 30-year term for sex offenses, was found guilty of child pornography and other charges on Wednesday.

Robert Sylvester Kelly, Kelly’s full name, was found guilty on three charges of creating child pornography and three counts of enticing a juvenile.

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A federal jury found the three-time Grammy Award winner not guilty on seven additional counts, including the accusation that he interfered with the course of justice during a prior trial.

Kelly and two former associates were charged with manipulating the singer’s 2008 child pornography trial, which resulted in a not guilty decision from the jury.

In the most recent trial, Kelly’s ex-manager Derrel McDavid and an ex-employee named Milton “June” Brown were also tried with the singer but were cleared of obstruction charges.

The judgments from the 12-person jury, which took about 11 hours to reach over the course of two days, could result in Kelly serving an additional 30 years in jail.

Due to alleged threats and bribery, a child victim in the 2008 case chose not to testify, but this time the now 37-year-old lady did.

“The guilty verdicts finally hold Robert Kelly accountable for the sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl, and they help right the wrongs that occurred in a prior prosecution in Cook County,” the US attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, John Lausch, said of the 2008 trial.

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