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American singer, R Kelly found guilty of racketeering and sex trafficking, risks life imprisonment

American singer, R Kelly

US singer, R Kelly has been found guilty of exploiting his superstar status to run a scheme to sexually abuse women and children over two decades.

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Eleven accusers, nine women and two men, took the stand over the searing six-week trial to describe sexual humiliation and violence at his hands.

After two days of deliberation, the jury found Kelly guilty on all the charges he was facing.

Sentencing is due on 4 May and he could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

The jury found Kelly, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was the ringleader of a violent and coercive scheme that lured women and children for him to sexually abuse.

The singer – most famous for the award-winning song I Believe I Can Fly – was also found to have trafficked women between different US states, produced child pornography and engaged in kidnapping.

One woman who testified that Kelly imprisoned, drugged and raped her said in a written statement after the verdict that she had “been hiding” from Kelly “due to threats made against me” since she went public with her accusations.

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“I’m ready to start living my life free from fear and to start the healing process,” the woman, identified in court as Sonja, added.
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