He became world famous with hits like “I Believe I Can Fly”. But you won’t be hearing any more songs from him anytime soon: Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison without parole and a fine of $100,000.
The pop star (55) has always rejected all allegations and accused his critics of a character assassination campaign. He has been in custody since the summer of 2019.
Last year, a jury in New York found Kelly guilty on all nine charges, including sexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping and bribery. Together with a team of employees, he is said to have forced girls and women to have sex for years!
Kelly, who appeared in court with black glasses, a black corona mask and a khaki top, also dismissed all allegations in court.
Before Judge Donnelly announced the sentence, seven victims told their stories of suffering, some in tears. Sometimes the women looked and spoke to him directly – but Kelly either stared straight ahead at the notes on the table in front of him or spoke quietly to his defense attorneys.
The musician has a “god complex”, has “manipulated millions of people” and committed “pathetic, inexplicable” acts, said one woman. “I’m not here for the money and certainly not for Hollywood,” said another. “I’m here because I seek justice.”