Multi-platinum R&B singer R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison yesterday after being convicted of sex trafficking last year for exploiting his stardom and wealth over a quarter century to lure women and underage girls for sex.
Kelly, 55, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kellywas convicted last September in Brooklyn federal court following a 5-1/2 week trial that amplified accusations that had dogged the singer of the Grammy-winning hit “I Believe I Can Fly” since the early 2000s.
Kelly, is among the most prominent people convicted of sexual misbehavior during the #MeToo movement against such conduct by prominent men. He has repeatedly denied sexual abuse accusations.
United States District Judge Ann Donnelly yesterday sentenced Kelly at a hearing that started at 10:30 a.m. EDT (1430 GMT).
At the trial, several of his abuse victims testified about how Kelly would demand that his victims strictly obey rules such as needing his permission to eat or go to the bathroom, calling him “Daddy,” and writing “apology letters” that purported to absolve him of wrongdoing.
Kelly also faces federal charges in Chicago on child pornography and obstruction, and state charges in Illinois and Minnesota.