By Emmanuel Adeleke
Popular American singer, Robert Kelly, popularly known as R. Kelly, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for using his status to run scheme to sexually abuse children and women.
The singer was found guilty of one charge of racketeering and eight counts of violating the Mann Act, which prohibits the transport of “any woman or girl” across state lines for any “immoral purpose,” in September 2021.
The prosecutors of the case had asked the judge for a sentence longer than 25 years.
Prosecutors also said he used his celebrity status and wealth to lure women, as well as underage girls and boys, for sex.
The judgmeent was earlier scheduled for May 5 but was later postponed.
It would be recalled that in 2021, the disgraced singer was found guilty of sexually abusing women, boys and girls for decades.
One of his victims was R&B singer Aaliyah Haughton, who Kelly illegally wed in a Chicago hotel room in 1994, when she was 15 years old.
Kelly’s legal team called a handful of ex-Kelly employees and associates to take the stand to discredit allegations the singer sexually abused women, girls and boys.