CHICAGO (AP) — A federal jury on Wednesday convicted R. Kelly of a number of baby pornography expenses in his hometown of Chicago, delivering one other authorized blow to a singer who was once one of many largest R&B stars on the earth.
Kelly, 55, was discovered responsible on three counts of kid pornography however was acquitted of a conspiracy to hinder justice cost accusing him fixing his state baby pornography trial in 2008.
The choice comes after a federal choose in New York sentenced Kelly to 30 years in jail in June for racketeering and intercourse trafficking. Primarily based on that sentence, he received’t be eligible for launch till he’s round 80.
The Chicago trial was, in some ways, a do-over of Kelly’s 2008 baby pornography trial, with a key video crucial to each.
The authorized challenges for Kelly — who rose from poverty on Chicago’s South Aspect to turn into a Grammy-winning famous person — should not but over. Two additional trials are pending; one in Minnesota and one other in state court docket in Chicago.
Kelly, who is understood for his smash hit “I Consider I Can Fly” and for sex-infused songs reminiscent of “Bump n’ Grind,” bought tens of millions of albums even after abuse allegations started circulating within the Nineteen Nineties. Widespread outrage emerged after the #MeToo reckoning and the 2019 docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly.”