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Kelly had pleaded not guilty to racketeering predicated on criminal conduct including sexual exploitation of children, kidnapping and forced labour.
He was also convicted by criminal counts accusing him of violating the Mann Act, which makes it illegal to take anyone across state lines “for any immoral purpose”.
Kelly now faces 10 years to life in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for 4 May 2022.
The verdict came after decades of sexual misconduct allegations against Kelly.
They had trailed the singer for years but gained prominence when the documentary Surviving R Kelly aired in 2019.
Reacting to the news of the “Ignition” singer’s conviction, one person tweeted: “R Kelly’s victims have been failed for years, allowing him to continue controlling & abusing black women & girls with impunity. I hope that the guilty verdict in New York today will prevent him from hurting anyone else.”
Another added: “R Kelly was found guilty today. When girls and women decide to come forward, it should not take 20 years or 10 years, or five years to see justice. People can help by telling on these predators instead of watching it happen. Stand up for young girls and women. #women #realfeminism.”
For decades, R. Kelly physically and sexually abused women and underage girls.
Although nothing can ever make up for years of suffering, those individuals finally received some sense of justice today.
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) September 27, 2021
He believed he could lie, but the truth finally caught up with him. It shouldn't have taken this many women, and this many years, for Black women to be believed--and valued. Now time for soul searching. https://t.co/MwaBxzNmTZ
— Kimberlé Crenshaw (@sandylocks) September 27, 2021
I have mixed feelings about this #RKelly verdict. Mostly I’m just so, so sad AND EXHAUSTED that it takes at least 20 years or 20 victims for powerful men to receive any accountability, especially when the victims are Black women or kids.
— Kelly Davis Daroe (@KelDaroe) September 28, 2021
I’m in awe of the courage of the R. Kelly survivors. I hope they find some degree of peace in this moment. I’m also deeply grateful to @dreamhampton for creating a space where Black survivors could be seen. #SurvivingRKelly changed everything for all of us. #MeToo Thank you.
— Drew Dixon (@deardrewdixon) September 27, 2021
Kelly, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, has been jailed without bail since in 2019. The trial was delayed by the pandemic and Kelly’s last-minute shake-up of his legal team.
Allegations of underage sexual contact with the late musician Aaliyah were also referenced in court. The singer’s fans have also been celebrating the news that R Kelly has been found guilty on all charges.
If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, you can contact your nearest Rape Crisis organisation for specialist, independent and confidential support. For more information, visit their website here.