R. Kelly, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, 55, was found guilty Wednesday, June 29; on one charge of racketeering and eight counts of violating the Mann Act; which prohibits the transport of “any woman or girl” across state lines for any “immoral purpose.
It took about nine hours across two days for the jury of seven men and five women to deliberate and eventually convict the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer.
Seven of Kelly’s victims gave impact statements during the sentencing hearing.
“You made me do things that broke my spirit. I literally wished I would die because of how low you made me feel,” one woman told the Grammy-winning, multiplatinum-selling singer. “Do you remember that?”
A third woman, sobbing and sniffling as she spoke, said Kelly’s conviction restored her faith in the legal system.
“I once lost hope,” she said, addressing the court and prosecutors, “but you restored my faith.”
The woman said Kelly victimized her after she went to a concert when she was 17. And let’s not forget about the ‘tape’ of R. Kelly urinating during a sexual encounter with a 14 year old girl back in early 2000. R. Kelly has always had a thing for young girls, scouting them to have them recruited into his harem.