Robert Sylvester Kelly is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and convicted s£x offender who was born on January 8, 1967. He's been dubbed "the King of R&B," "the King of Pop-Soul," and the "Pied Piper of R&B" for his role in helping to reinvent R&B and hip hop.
"I Believe I Can Fly," "Bump N' Grind," "Your Body's Callin'," "Gotham City," "Ignition (Remix)," "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time," "The World's Greatest," "I'm a Flirt (Remix)," and the hip hop opera "Trapped in the Closet" are just a few of Kelly's hits. Kelly received three Grammy Awards in 1998 for his song "I Believe I Can Fly." Kelly has written, produced, and remixed songs, singles, and albums for various artists, despite being predominantly a vocalist and songwriter. For writing Michael Jackson's song "You Are Not Alone," he was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1996.
After being convicted guilty of nine different s£x offenses last month, R Kelly was placed on suicide watch.
Kelly was placed on suicide watch three weeks ago, according to the singer's attorney, Steve Greenburg, but is no longer believed to be in danger.
Greenburg made the charges during a court hearing in Chicago, the first since Kelly was convicted of a racketeering conspiracy in which he was accused of using his music career to facilitate illegal activities. In addition, he was found guilty of s£x trafficking.
Kelly had expressed a wish to harm himself, but Greenburg would neither confirm nor refute this.
Kelly did not speak during the hearing because no one could find out how to unmute him from the federal jail in Brooklyn, where he was participating by video.
Kelly, 54, was found guilty of racketeering conspiracy charges on September 27. He was accused of using his music career to further a criminal enterprise. The jury found him guilty of 12 different unlawful activities, including making love with many young females and bribing an Illinois public aid officer in 1994 to procure a fake ID for 15-year-old singer Aaliyah so the two could get married illegally.
When he is sentenced on May 4, he could face anywhere from five years to life in prison, according to the US attorney's office in Brooklyn.
Kelly's lawyers have stated that rushing to trial in Chicago without knowing Kelly's sentence in New York makes no sense.
According to court records, if the federal case in Chicago goes to trial, it would most likely center on graphic videotapes Kelly reportedly recorded of him having making love with at least three girls when they were minors.
Kelly allegedly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, gifts, and legal settlements to try to buy up copies of the s£x videos before they got into the hands of investigators, according to a 13-count indictment issued in July 2019.
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