BREAKING: R Kelly Sentenced 30-year Prison Term For Sexual Abuse
R. Kelly, a US musician, was given a 30-year prison term for using his fame to further a plan to molest minors and women.
After a nearly three-hour hearing, Kelly was given his punishment and told to pay a $100,000 fine by U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly.
“Although sex was certainly a weapon that you used, this is not a case about sex. It’s a case about violence, cruelty, and control,” Judge Donnelly said.
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Kelly’s lawyer Jennifer Bonjean said they look forward to the appeal.
“30 years is like life for him,” she said. She also emphasized he is “not a predator.”
Seven of Kelly’s victims gave impact statements during the sentencing hearing.
“You made me do things that broke my spirit. I literally wished I would die because of how low you made me feel,” one woman told the Grammy-winning, multiplatinum-selling singer. “Do you remember that?”
The victims held hands while the sentence was read and Kelly had no apparent reaction.