A federal court judge in Brooklyn, NY has sentenced R&B crooner, R. Kelly, to 30 years in prison following his conviction for sex crimes and human trafficking. Federal prosecutors had recommended no less than 25 years in prison based on the severity of Kelly's crimes.
Witnesses testified that R. Kelly had managers, bodyguards and assistants round-up victims before he sexually assaulted them.
55-year old R. Kelly never took the stand himself.
Kelly faces additional federal cases out of Illinois, plus a state trial in Minnesota.
To note, there had been rumors of R.Kelly's sexual deviances for many years.
In 1994, when R Kelly was 27, he married up-and-coming singer, Aaliyah Haughton, who was 15 but was listed as 18 on a wedding certificate. The marriage was annulled in 1995. Aaliyah Ms. Haughton died in a plane crash in 2001.
In January 2019, Lifetime aired a 6-part documentary entitled, "Surviving R. Kelly," which detailed in great depth Kelly's sexual abuse and misconduct. Filmmaker and music critic Dream Hampton served as executive producer. "Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning" premiered in January 2020.
R. Kelly has won 3 Grammy awards. He is best known for hit songs such as "I Believe I Can Fly, "Step In The Name Of Love, "Bump and Grind," and "Trapped in the Closet."