The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York confirmed the conviction on Twitter. “R. Kelly has been convicted of racketeering by a federal jury in Brooklyn,” the statement read.
“R. Kelly was found guilty in ALL STORIES,” he later added.
The jury of seven men and five women found the 54-year-old singer guilty on its second day of deliberations. He wore a mask underneath his black-rimmed glasses, standing motionless with downcast eyes as the verdict was read in federal court in Brooklyn.
Prosecutors alleged that the entourage of managers and assistants who helped Kelly get to know the girls, and keep them obedient and quiet, amounted to a criminal enterprise. Two people have been charged with Kelly in a separate federal case pending in Chicago.
He faces the possibility of spending decades in prison for crimes including violating the Mann Act, an anti-sex trafficking law that prohibits bringing anyone across state lines “for any immoral purpose.”
However, it will be months before the R&B superstar, known for his anthem “I Believe I Can Fly,” is sentenced. TO sentencing hearing is scheduled by May 4.
One of Kelly’s attorneys, Deveraux Cannick, said he was disappointed and hoped to appeal.
“I think I’m even more disappointed that the government brought the case in the first place, given all the inconsistencies,” Cannick said.
Kelly, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, has been incarcerated without bail since 2019.
There are still two separate legal cases involving the singer in Illinois and Minnesota. He has pleaded not guilty to sex-related charges in both states.
However, the timeline for the separate cases is unclear. Trial dates for the cases have not yet been scheduled. Delays are likely due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Kelly’s criminal charges were covered in the docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly,” which made her case stand out amid the #MeToo era.
“For the victims in this case, their voices were heard and justice was finally served,” Acting US Attorney Jacquelyn Kasulis said Monday.
Gloria Allred, an attorney for some of Kelly’s prosecutors, said outside court that of all the predators she went after, a list that includes Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein, “Mr. Kelly is the worst.”
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Jessica Napoli of Fox News and Associated Press contributed to this report.