Robert Sylvester Kelly, the R&B singer also known as “R. Kelly,” was convicted nowadays by a federal jury in Brooklyn of all 9 counts of a superseding indictment charging him with racketeering predicated on prison conduct like sexual exploitation of young children, compelled labor and Mann Act violations involving the coercion and transportation of women and women in interstate commerce to have interaction in illegal sexual action. The verdict adopted 6 weeks of trial prior to United States District Decide Ann M. Donnelly.
Jacquelyn M. Kasulis, Acting United States Legal professional for the Eastern District of New York, and Peter C. Fitzhugh, Exclusive Agent-in-Demand, Homeland Protection Investigations, New York (HSI), declared the verdict.
“Today’s responsible verdict for good manufacturers R. Kelly as a predator, who applied his fame and fortune to prey on the young, the susceptible, and the voiceless for his own sexual gratification,” mentioned Performing U.S. Attorney Kasulis. “A predator who made use of his inner circle to ensnare underage teenage girls, and younger gals and gentlemen, for a long time, in a sordid net of sex abuse, exploitation and degradation. To the victims in this case, your voices were being read, and justice was finally served. We hope that today’s verdict delivers some measure of comfort and ease and closure to the victims.” Ms. Kasulis also thanked the U.S. Attorney’s Office environment for the Northern District of Illinois and the Prepare dinner County State’s Attorney’s Office environment for their guidance with the scenario.
“Robert Kelly is a serial sexual predator who utilised his fame and musical excursions as his particular hunting grounds to locate his victims,” mentioned HSI Unique Agent-in-Demand Fitzhugh. “Mr. Kelly ran a prison enterprise whose mission was to provide his sexual gratification by placing up a advanced firm of enablers and handlers. When his victims tried to escape, Mr. Kelly and his accomplices silenced them by bribery, intimidation, and physical violence. The brave survivors who overcame Mr. Kelly’s abuse should have our upmost respect for telling their stories and bringing an conclusion to his 30-12 months reign of terror above the youthful and susceptible.”
As confirmed at demo, for nearly a few a long time, Kelly was the leader of a felony organization (“the Enterprise”) consisting of himself and an entourage of men and women who served as professionals, bodyguards, accountants, drivers, particular assistants and runners for the defendant. As the chief of the Organization, Kelly made use of his fame to recruit gals and girls to have interaction in unlawful sexual exercise with him. Kelly discovered these women and ladies at concerts, and then directed members of the Organization to escort them backstage adhering to his musical performances. Kelly exchanged make contact with details with women and ladies so that he and other customers of the Organization could set up travel and lodging for them to take a look at Kelly and have interaction in the billed unlawful sexual perform.
The evidence at trial incorporated the testimony 45 federal government witnesses, which includes far more than 10 victims, 5 of whom are named in the superseding indictment, testimony from workforce of the defendant, textual content messages, online video and audio recordings, pictures, phone and vacation information, DNA proof and pro witnesses.
Kelly issued rules that several of his sexual companions ended up expected to observe, together with that the girls and girls ended up to call him “Daddy” they had been not permitted to depart their rooms to consume or check out the bathroom without receiving his authorization they had been required to put on dishevelled garments when not accompanying Kelly to an event and they were being directed to hold their heads down and not appear at or converse to other adult men. Kelly also isolated the women of all ages and women from their friends and family and made them dependent on him for their economic perfectly-currently being. He required the victims to have interaction in intercourse with him and many others, and recorded a lot of of the sexual encounters.
Racketeering Act Just one – Bribery
Kelly bribed a state worker to develop an identification card for Jane Doe #1, then 15 years outdated, so that Kelly could marry Jane Doe #1 because he thought she was expecting and for that reason the relationship could continue to keep him out of jail.
Racketeering Acts Two, 7 and 10 – Sexual Exploitation of a Kid – Jane Doe #2, Jane Doe #4 and Jane Doe #5
Kelly coerced Jane Doe #2, Jane Doe #4 and Jane Doe #5 to interact in sexually express conduct for the objective of creating video recordings. Above the training course of a long time, he manufactured these recordings, and other recordings of sexually express conduct, working with VHS movie cameras, Canon camcorders, iPhones and iPads.
Racketeering Functions 6, Eleven and 13 – Forced Labor – Jane Doe #4, Jane Doe #5 and Jane Doe #6
Kelly utilized the risk of physical damage and actual physical restraint to guarantee that his victims, including Jane Doe #4, Jane Doe #5 and Jane Doe #6, executed sexually at his command. As to Jane Doe #4, he slapped her, choked her and spit on her, ahead of demanding she give him oral intercourse. As to Jane Doe #5, in excess of a period of decades, he spanked her, viciously assaulted her, confined her for periods of times and if not manipulated her, to make certain that she would perform for him sexually, including with other women and a gentleman. As to Jane Doe #6, he pressured her to give him oral sex. When he did that, there was a gun in just Kelly’s access.
Racketeering Acts Five and Nine – Mann Act Violations – Jane Doe #4 and Jane Doe #5
Between Could 2009 and January 2010, Kelly often spoke with Jane Doe #4 in excess of the phone to organize for Jane Doe #4 to appear to his home in Olympia Fields for the function of unlawful sexual activity, which was illegal simply because Jane Doe #4 was as well younger to consent to intercourse in Illinois. Likewise, in between September 2015 and October 2015, Kelly transported Jane Doe #5, who was then 17 several years aged, from New York City to Oakland, California for the intent of illegal sexual exercise, as she was way too younger to consent to sexual intercourse in California.
Racketeering Functions Eight, Thirteen and Fourteen – Mann Act Violations – Jane Doe #5 and Jane Doe #6
In April 2015, Kelly organized for Jane Doe #5 to fly from her residence in Orlando, Florida, to Los Angeles, California, for the intent of unlawful sexual activity, which was unlawful for the reason that Kelly knew he experienced an incurable sexually transmitted disease (“STD”) and did not tell Jane Doe #5 about the STD prior to engaging in sexual intercourse with her. In May of 2017 and once again in February of 2018, Kelly arranged for Jane Doe #6 to fly from her residence in San Antonio, Texas, to La Guardia Airport in Queens, New York, for the intent of illegal sexual action, which yet again was unlawful simply because Kelly failed to disclose that he had an incurable STD and receive Jane Doe #6’s consent to have interaction in sexual intercourse less than these situations.
When sentenced, Kelly faces a necessary bare minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and up to existence in jail.
The government’s case is staying dealt with by the Office’s Civil Legal rights Section. Assistant United States Lawyers Elizabeth Geddes, Nadia Shihata and Maria Cruz Melendez are in cost of the prosecution.
ROBERT SYLVESTER KELLY (also regarded as “R. Kelly”)
E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 19-CR-286 (AMD)