R. Kelly Found GUILTY of Racketeering!
Well, it looks like R.Kelly has been convicted but, not exactly for what you think. The R&B singer was found guilty of racketeering by a federal jury in Brooklyn, the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York said.
According to CNN:
"Kelly has been on trial in New York for one count of racketeering, with 14 underlying acts that included sexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping, bribery and sex trafficking charges. He was also charged with eight additional counts of violations of the Mann Act, a sex trafficking law.
The jury, made up of seven men and five women, began deliberating on Friday, September 24.
In all, Kelly could face decades in prison if found guilty."
Many man remember the interview that Kelly did with Gayle King where he tried to declare his innocence but, made himself look a little more suspicious.
This conviction comes 13 years after Kelly was acquitted of child pornography charges at an Illinois state trial.
The victims in the trial were referred to mostly by the names Jane Doe 1, 2, etc., but it was later brought to light that Jane Doe 1 was in fact R&B singer Aaliyah who Kelly married when she was just 15. At the time Kelly was 27.
Kelly's former tour manager, Demetrius Smith, testified reluctantly that he bribed a worker at a welfare office in the Chicago area to create a welfare ID for Aaliyah.
"I made her (the welfare office worker) an offer and she took the money," Smith testified. "I gave her $500."
While the ID did not list Aaliyah's date of birth, an Illinois official testified September 15 that, generally, a person has to be at least 18 to obtain that particular type of ID.
Nathan Edmond, a minister who married the two, spoke publicly for the first time about the marriage while testifying September 1 said he met the couple the day he married them.
"I didn't think it was anybody special. I didn't understand it at all," Edmond testified.
Right now, there is no word whether those in Kelly's camp who knew about his appetite for young girls, and helped him lure them into his web, will face any charges but, we hope they do.
Whether it's the girl's parents, his "handlers" or anyone else, they need to face charges as well.