R. Kelly convicted in sex trafficking lawsuits

NEW YORK (AP) – R. Kelly, the R&B superstar known for his anthem “I Believe I Can Fly”, was convicted on Monday in a lawsuit against sex trafficking after decades of evading criminal responsibility for numerous allegations of juvenile delinquency women and children.

A jury of seven men and five women found Kelly guilty of racketeering on their second day of deliberation.

The accusations were based on an argument that the entourage of leaders and helpers who helped the singer meet girls – and keep them obedient and quiet – constituted a criminal enterprise.

Several prosecutors testified in detail during the trial, claiming that Kelly exposed them to perverted and sadistic whims when they were minors.

THIS IS A NEW UPDATE. The AP’s past history follows below.

NEW YORK (AP) – Jury members of R&B superstar R. Kelly’s lawsuit over sex trafficking in New York say they have reached a verdict Monday afternoon.

The judge has summoned the parties to a Brooklyn courtroom for the verdict to be read.

THIS IS A NEW UPDATE. The AP’s past history follows below.

NEW YORK (AP) – A jury in New York City on Monday resumed discussions in the trial of sex trafficking with R&B star R. Kelly.

Jury members began the day by sending the judge a note asking for transcripts of testimonies from two former Kelly employees and for a legal clarification.

Negotiations did not begin until Friday at the federal court in Brooklyn before the panel of seven men and five women took the weekend off.

The 54-year-old Kelly, perhaps best known for the smash hit “I Believe I Can Fly” from 1996, has pleaded not guilty to charges and charged him with sexually abusing women, girls and boys for more than two decades.

He is also charged with multiple violations of the Mann Act, making it illegal to transport anyone across state borders “for any immoral purpose.”

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