R. Kelly received a 30-year jail term. On Wednesday, Judge Anna Donnelly handed down the sentence in Brooklyn Federal Court.
Last September, the iconic singer was found guilty on all counts, including racketeering centered on juvenile sexual exploitation, abduction, forced labor, and breaches of the Mann Act, which prohibited the movement of persons over state borders for sex or similar purposes.
Several of the ladies detailed their ordeal at the hands of the musician before the punishment. “You forced me to do things that crushed my soul. “I genuinely wanted I died because of how low you made me feel,” said one anonymous victim, addressing Kelly, who had his hands crossed and his eyes downcast, according to the Associated Press. “Do you recall that?”
Kelly has been detained at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn since the decision was handed down last September. His attorneys urged that he should be sentenced to no more than ten years in jail due to a terrible upbringing “including severe, continuous childhood sexual abuse, poverty, and violence.”
“You escalated in evil with each successive victim,” a woman called Angela stated. “You exploited your celebrity and authority to recruit and train young boys and girls for your personal sexual pleasure.”
Lizette Martinez, who appeared in the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries, said in court on Wednesday, “Robert, you damaged so many people’s lives.”