In this federal case in the Eastern District of New York, Kelly faced a total of nine counts: one count of racketeering, with 14 underlying acts including sexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping, bribery and sex trafficking, and also eight counts additional. charges of violations of the Mann Act, a sex trafficking law.
The jury, made up of seven men and five women, began deliberating on Friday afternoon.
In all, Kelly could face decades in prison at the time of sentencing, which is scheduled for May 4.
The verdict comes 13 years after Kelly, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was acquitted of child pornography charges in an Illinois state trial.
An attorney for Kelly said they are considering filing an appeal and are disappointed with the verdict.
The trial began on August 18
Jurors heard from several witnesses who were present at his marriage to Kelly on August 31, 1994, when he was 27 and she was 15. Prosecutors showed copies of the couple’s marriage license application, which stated that Aaliyah was 18 at the time of her wedding. as well as your marriage license and marriage certification.
“I made (the welfare office worker) an offer and she accepted the money,” Smith testified. “I gave him $ 500.”
While the ID did not include Aaliyah’s date of birth, an Illinois official testified on Sept. 15 that, in general, a person must be at least 18 years old to obtain that particular type of ID.
“I didn’t think it was someone special. I didn’t understand it at all,” Edmond testified.
Jurors also heard from a woman who identified herself only as Stephanie, who said she met Kelly at an event in Chicago in 1999 when she was 17, and who eventually invited her to her studio.
“I remember he asked me my age,” Stephanie testified. “When I told him I was 17, he said I was fine.”
Stephanie testified that Kelly sexually abused her when she was 17 years old and videotaped them having sex. He paid for her trip to Florida to meet him on his 18th birthday and she stopped talking to him shortly after the trip. She described fearing his outbursts of anger, saying she would yell at him in public places.
A former radio intern who identified herself as Sonja testified on September 9 that Kelly invited her to travel to Chicago to interview him in his studio in 2003 when she was 21 years old and that once she arrived, an employee put her in a room that Sonja held. He quickly realized that it was “closed from the outside”. She said they kept her in the room for several days, occasionally letting her out to go to the bathroom and shower.
“The door was closed. I wanted to get out,” Sonja testified.
Sonja testified that she lost consciousness after eating her first meal in days and saw Kelly adjust her pants when she woke up. She testified that she believed he sexually assaulted her when she was unconscious.
“I was sexually assaulted,” Sonja testified. “There was something about me that I didn’t want.”
Testimony about physical and sexual abuse
“I told him I was 19 years old,” he testified. “Was 16 years old”.
But she testified that during their first sexual encounter, she told him her real age. Pace said Kelly told him that he should “continue to tell everyone that he was 19 and act 21.” She said Kelly took her virginity and the two had a six-month sexual relationship that ended in early 2010.
Pace testified that during a fight, Kelly strangled her “until I passed out.” Pace testified that in 2017, she reported the incidents to police and handed over evidence, including a T-shirt she said she was wearing the day Kelly strangled her. Forensic experts testified at Kelly’s trial that the shirt was covered in semen that positively matched Kelly’s DNA.
A woman who testified under the pseudonym Jane said she was Kelly’s girlfriend for five years, defended him in an interview with CBS’s Gayle King shortly before his arrest on federal charges, and continued by his side for months after his arrest.
He said he began traveling to meet Kelly at shows he performed around the country, and testified that Kelly told him she wanted to teach him “musical techniques to improve myself as a singer.” Jane said she would contact Kelly’s assistant to book a trip and share her legal date of birth with him. She testified that Kelly began having sex with her in May 2015.
“We had sex almost every day,” he testified. “Every time we had sex, I recorded it.”
Jane testified that Kelly began recording them having sex when she was 17, using one of the multiple iPads she carried with her in a backpack.
Jane testified that she became infected with herpes after having sex with Kelly. She also testified that while she was 17 years old, Kelly regularly spanked her, leaving bruises and causing her skin to tear. She testified that the spanking led to beatings, and said Kelly hit her all over the body and once hit her with a shoe.
“I was trying to run from him and fight, but he was no match,” Jane testified.
In the late summer of 2015, he told Kelly that he would have to return to Florida for his senior year of high school and confessed that he was 17 years old.
Jane testified that she became pregnant in 2017 and that Kelly pressured her to have an abortion.
A woman who identified herself as Faith testified that she met Kelly at a San Antonio concert in 2017. She said Kelly handed her a piece of paper with their phone numbers and that they began texting and then talking.
She said Kelly flew her to New York for a show, came to her room early one morning and put her hand on his penis. Faith testified that Kelly videotaped them having sex. When she asked him if he was going to use a condom, he replied, “I don’t need a condom.” He didn’t tell her she had herpes, Faith testified, and said she was diagnosed with herpes shortly after their relationship ended in 2018.
Faith testified that during a trip to Dallas, she and a girlfriend named Joy were kept in a van while Kelly and others were at a cigar bar for hours. When he needed to urinate and felt like he was overheating, he said he tried to open the door but couldn’t.
Kelly’s legal troubles are not over
He has pleaded not guilty to all charges and denies wrongdoing.
That indictment was followed a few months later by another by a Cook County grand jury on 11 counts ranging from aggravated criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual assault to aggravated criminal sexual assault.