30 years in prison for R. Kelly, 26 years after first abuse allegation

R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Last year, the R&B singer was found guilty of sexual assault. He used his fame and status to seduce and coerce young, sometimes underage, victims into sexual acts.

After more than 25 years of rumors and accusations, this is the artist’s first punishment. The lawsuit in New York is considered an important consequence of the #MeToo movement.

The 55-year-old singer has been sued by several young women and two men. Some were minors during the abuse. Victims told how the singer kept them in his houses and imposed strict rules on them: for example, they were only allowed to eat or go to the toilet with his permission.

Other lawsuits too
Kelly rose to fame in the 1990s with hits such as I Believe I Can Fly and If I Could Turn Back The Hands of Time . He denies all charges. There are also lawsuits against the singer in the states of Illinois and Minnesota. He will have to appear in court there later.

Robert Sylvester Kelly, as his full name is, sold tens of millions of albums and singles throughout his career. Since the 1990s, several women have accused him of sexual abuse.

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