Infamous singer R. Kelly was indicted Wednesday on multiple child pornography charges, including accusing her of sexually abusing her 14-year-old granddaughter over video nearly 20 years ago, but jurors acquitted her of those charges, who conspired with two accomplices to cover the tapes and to obstruct justice at his 2008 child pornography trial in Cook County.
Kelly, 55, was found guilty of three counts of child pornography and three counts of luring minors into sex, but was acquitted of seven other charges, including obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obtain child pornography. Each count of child pornography carries a sentence of up to 20 years, and each count of solicitation carries a sentence of up to 10 years.
Co-defendants Darrell McDavid and Milton “June” Brown were acquitted of all charges.
The jurors deliberated for nearly 11 hours over two days before delivering the verdict.
Kelly was convicted on three of the four counts he was accused of having sex with his minor granddaughter, who testified against him under the pseudonym “Jane.” The jurors watched portions of those three videos in court. The jurors acquitted him of a fourth child pornography charge that included a tape that Jane and prosecutors said showed Kelly having a threesome with Jane and his ex-girlfriend Lisa Van Allen, but that tape was in court. was not shown in Prosecutors argued that was because Kelly and his team had successfully covered it up.
Jurors acquitted Kelly and her former business manager McDavid of conspiracy to obstruct justice on a charge that accused them of falsifying their 2008 child pornography trial in Cook County, which involved sex tapes. was done, and was accused of intimidation and paying for Jane and her parents. misuse of his secret.
Kelly, McDavid and Brown were also acquitted of the child pornography charge, accusing them of attempting to retrieve and cover up three sex tapes involving Jane. Kelly and McDavid were also acquitted of two charges of obtaining child pornography, which included other claims involving retrieving and covering up videos involving Jane. The government’s case on those charges rested in large part on the testimony of Charles Freeman and Lisa Van Allen, who were falsely accused by defense attorneys to extort Kelly for money.
In the end, Kelly was convicted of three of five charges of luring minors to engage in sexual activity, but was acquitted of two other charges. The jurors found him guilty of seduction charges involving Jane, and two other accused testified under the pseudonyms “Nia” and “Palin”, while they were acquitted of charges involving “Tracy” and “Britney”. Gave.
Jen accused Kelly of sexually abusing her hundreds of times after becoming her godfather when she was only 14. Prosecutors showed the jury three videos they said showed Kelly having sex with Jane, including one showing her asking her to lie down on the floor while he was peeing on her. .
Nia testified that she first met Kelly in 1996, when she was only 15, and that they had two sexual encounters, one in a hotel during their concert tour in Minnesota, and the other later that year. in his music studio in Chicago.
Pauline testifies that Jane introduced her to Kelly when she was only 14 years old, and the three soon began having threesomes, before Pauline began her sexual relationship with Kelly when she was 15 years old. . He estimated that he had sex with Kelly more than 80 times. And there were 60 threesomes between the ages of 14 and 16 with Kelly and Jen.
Tracy testified that she met Kelly in 1999 when she was an off-the-books intern for an Epic Records executive, and claimed that, when she was only 16, Kelly had visited a hotel in downtown Chicago. I “forced” him. She said that the two later developed a sexual relationship that continued after her 17th birthday. But defense lawyers cast doubt on her claims, pointing to a previous lawsuit filed against Kelly, in which she claimed they met and began having sex in 2000, when she was 17.
Brittany did not testify at trial, and while both Jane and Pauline testified with Kelly and Brittany being a trio when they were just girls, defense lawyers held onto the fact that Britney herself testified. Not granted, asked the jury to close the arguments “Where is Brittany!”
Before the jury’s deliberations began, Kelly’s lead defense attorney asked the jurors to set aside what they knew about the singer prior to the trial, acknowledging that much of it may not have been favorable. and asked him to behave as “John Doe”. Bonzen said the jury should make its decision based only on evidence they heard in the courtroom, not what they might know about Kelly through the media, or what they heard about her elsewhere. .
Bonjin said that no matter what the jury may decide, Kelly did some beautiful things to make music, and he “shouldn’t be stripped of all his humanity.”
However, in the prosecutor’s rebuttal argument, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeannis Apanteng said the evidence was clear that Kelly sexually abused the girls, and that her co-defendants helped her cover it up.
“What R. Kelly wanted was to have sex with young girls,” Appanteng said.
Apanteng said that when the jury considers the case, they should consider who is at the center of it: Kelly’s victims. She said they were children when Kelly began having sex with her, and that the jury should find her guilty.
“The defendants are guilty of every count in the indictment. Hold them accountable,” Appenteng said.
Jurors heard four weeks of testimony from more than 30 witnesses, and saw clips from three sex tapes that prosecutors say showed Kelly sexually abusing her 14-year-old granddaughter.
During the trial, four women accused Kelly of sexually abusing them when they were girls, including the state’s star witness, who testified under the pseudonym “Jane” and told jurors that Kelly was only 14. After becoming his godfather at the age of three, he started abusing him. and had sex with her hundreds of times between the ages of 14 and 18.
Jen denied for years that Kelly abused her, but now says that Kelly bullied her and her family, and paid them to keep her abuse a secret. She now says she was the person in the video at the center of Kelly’s 2008 child pornography trial in Cook County, and the jury asked Kelly to record her on other videos shown in court.
McDavid was the only defendant to testify at trial, after spending three days on the witness stand repeatedly telling jurors that he believed Kelly when he denied sexually abusing girls in the early 2000s. but said she began to have doubts about Kelly’s innocence after learning new things. During the ongoing federal trial.
Kelly has already been sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty last year to racketeering and sex trafficking charges in federal court in New York.
Kelly is still awaiting trial in Cook County sexual assault and sexual abuse cases involving four women, three of whom were girls at the time of the abuse. He is also accused of soliciting a minor into prostitution in Minnesota.
Read below about the reaction to Wednesday’s decision.