R. Kelly Issues a Statement Following His Guilty Verdict
On Monday, a federal jury in Brooklyn found the R&B superstar guilty of all charges against him in connection with a high-profile sex-trafficking case. As part of her conviction, Kelly was found guilty of eight charges of violating the Mann Act, which prohibits the transportation of people across state lines "for any immoral purpose."
Kelly, who is scheduled to be sentenced on May 4, might be condemned to prison for the rest of his life. During the reading of the verdict in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, the 54-year-old singer, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, wore a mask and sat motionless in his chair. He did not provide any testimony during the six-week trial.
Following his guilty conviction, he expressed his regret in a Facebook message to his followers, and he also declared his innocence in the message.
"To all of my fans and supporters, I love and appreciate each and every one of you, and I thank you for your continued support." "Today's verdict was disheartening, but I will continue to prove my innocence and fight for my freedom regardless of the outcome." "I'm not guilty," the defendant claims.
Following the verdict, his attorney, Deveraux Cannick, gave a speech outside the courthouse to express his gratitude.
"It is clear that Mr. Kelly is dissatisfied. He wasn't expecting this outcome because "based on the data," he didn't think he should have expected this outcome. Cannick was the one who inquired. "They simply ignored all of the contradictions in the testimony of these witnesses."
Added Cannick, "I'm not sure which I'm more outraged about: the jury's decision or the government's conduct in this case." "I am convinced that we will submit an appeal," said the attorney.
For Black women involved in the #MeToo movement, Kelly's conviction is a watershed moment. R. Kelly has been labeled a predator by acting US Attorney Jacquelyn Kasulis, who said in a statement, "Today's guilty judgment permanently brands R. Kelly as a predator, who used his notoriety and wealth to prey on the young, the vulnerable, and the voiceless for his own sexual delight." It was because of you that your voices were heard, and justice was finally served to the victims in this case." It is our hope that the victims will receive some measure of relief and closure as a result of today's decision."
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