Singer R. Kelly found guilty of producing child pornography
Singer R. Kelly, who is 55, was previously sentenced to 30 years in prison in June this year for running a sexual exploitation scheme.
A U.S. federal jury found singer R. Kelly guilty of multiple counts related to the production of child pornography on Wednesday, representing yet another legal setback for one who was once one of the most world's biggest R&B stars.
R. Kelly, 55, was convicted on three counts relating to child pornography and three counts of inciting underage persons to have sex.
He was, however, acquitted on charges that he rigged his trial in 2008, in which he was acquitted of producing child pornography, as well as on a fourth count related to child pornography. His two co-defendants were found not guilty.
The decision comes months after the singer received a 30-year prison sentence from a federal judge in New York on sex trafficking charges. Under this first verdict, R. Kelly will not be released until he reaches the age of approximately 80.
Singer R. Kelly at a Chicago court hearing in September 2019
The trial held in Chicago in recent weeks was somewhat of a rerun of his 2008 trial. In both cases, the same video of a sexual nature was the focus of the charge.
In Chicago, a conviction on a single count of making child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, while receiving child pornography carries a minimum sentence of five years.
< p class="e-p">Judges can order that people previously convicted in separate cases serve their new sentence at the same time as the first, or only after it has ended. Federal inmates must serve at least 85% of their sentence.
The court proceedings for R. Kelly — who lived in a poor Chicago neighborhood before rising to Grammy-winning world stardom — aren't over yet. Two other trials are still pending: one in Minnesota and the other in Chicago state court.
A. Kelly, who is known for his famous song I Believe I Can Fly and sexually charged tracks like Bump n' Grind, sold millions of albums, even after sexual assault allegations began circulating in the 1990s.
The allegations about him, however, gained much more momentum during the #MeToo movement and with the release of a documentary series called Surviving R. Kelly, in 2019.
< p class="e-p">The members of the jury began deliberating on Tuesday after Judge Harry Leinenweber gave them his instructions. They finally debated for 11 hours, spread over two days, before reaching a verdict.