Facing the music. R. Kelly was convicted of multiple child pornography charges during a Chicago trial on Wednesday, September 14.
According to the Chicago Tribune, rapper Robert Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was found guilty of multiple counts of child pornography. Each of the charges he faced carries a minimum of ten years in prison.
The jury also found Kelly guilty on three of five counts of enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity.
Following the verdict, Kelly's lawyer Jennifer Bonjean stated that the rapper was not guilty of all the charges. However, she noted that the jury was able to find him guilty on some of the counts. She also stated that they did their job by considering the evidence on a case-by-case basis.
One of the counts that Kelly faced was a child pornography count. However, after the verdict, he was acquitted of other charges. These included multiple counts of sexual exploitation and conspiracy.
Kelly was facing various charges, such as child pornography possession and production. He was also accused of enticing minors to engage in sexual activity. The jury deliberated for about 10 hours before reaching a verdict.
The woman’s alleged interaction with Kelly was one of five reports that prosecutors used to convict the Chicago native. The “I Believe I Can Fly” rapper was accused of making explicit videos with four of his five victims in the 1990s. His sentencing date has yet to be announced.
Kelly’s codefendants — former accountant and business manager Derrel McDavid and former assistant Milton Brown — were acquitted on all charges after pleading not guilty.
McDavid, for his part, was initially charged with conspiracy to receive child pornography, receiving child pornography and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Brown was charged with conspiracy to receive child pornography.
The “Bump n’ Grind” singer already faces three decades in prison following his conviction on racketeering charges in New York. In June, Kelly was sentenced to 30 years after a jury found him guilty of racketeering, with 14 underlying acts that included sexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping, bribery and sex trafficking.
At the time, he was also convicted on eight counts of violations of the Mann Act, which is a sex trafficking law that prohibits the transport of “any woman or girl” across state lines for “immoral purpose.”