Veteran American singer R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years imprisonment following allegations of several criminal offences and eventual conviction.
The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer will now serve 30 years in a federal prison after pleading guilty to 9 federal charges, including sex crimes and human trafficking.
Kelly was in the federal courthouse on Wednesday, June 29 in Brooklyn when Judge Ann M. Donnelly announced his sentence, bringing an end to one of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s highest-profile criminal prosecutions in years.
The singer never admitted to the charges throughout the court process, with his legal team calling on several of his ex-employees and associates — all saying, under oath, they never saw Kelly abuse anyone.
However, prosecutors brought many witnesses to the stand, disproving that claim… some said R. Kelly had managers, bodyguards and assistants who rounded up his potential victims before the singer groomed them for unwanted sex, among other things.