R. Kelly was found guilty in his sex trafficking case on Monday, and the singer is denying any wrongdoing, according to UpRoxx. In a since-deleted statement on Facebook addressed to fans, the singer says he will continue in his attempts to prove his innocence.
R. Kelly has been found guilty on all nine counts in his sex trafficking case pic.twitter.com/5p9QhMmUC9
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“To all my fans and supporters I love you all and thank you for all the support,” he wrote in the statement. “Today’s verdict was disappointing and I will continue to prove my innocence and fight for my freedom. #notguilty.”
Kelly was convicted by a federal jury in Brooklyn on nine counts of racketeering and violation of sex trafficking laws after a month-long trial based on the testimonies of six women, as Blavity previously reported. He’ll face 10 years to life at his May 4 sentencing. His attorney Deveraux Cannick responded to the verdict outside of the courthouse.
“Of course Mr. Kelly is disappointed. He was not anticipating this verdict because, based on the evidence, why should he anticipate this verdict?” Cannick said at the time. “They totally ignored the inconsistencies that all of these witnesses gave.”
“I don’t know if I’m more disappointed in the jury’s verdict or the government’s actions in this case,” the attorney added. “I am sure that we are going to appeal.”
Acting U.S. Attorney Jacquelyn M. Kasulis shared a message for Kelly’s victims following the verdict.
“Today’s guilty verdict forever brands R. Kelly as a predator who used his fame and fortune to prey on the young, the vulnerable, and the voiceless for his own sexual gratification,” Kasulis said in a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office. “To the victims in this case: Your voices were heard and justice was finally served.”
“Robert Kelly is a serial sexual predator who used his fame and musical tours as his personal hunting grounds to find his victims,” stated HSI Special Agent-in-Charge Fitzhugh. “Mr. Kelly ran a criminal enterprise whose mission was to serve his sexual gratification by setting up a complex organization of enablers and handlers. “
“When his victims tried to escape, Mr. Kelly and his accomplices silenced them through bribery, intimidation, and physical violence,” Fitzhugh continued. “The brave survivors who overcame Mr. Kelly’s abuse deserve our utmost respect for telling their stories and bringing an end to his 30-year reign of terror over the young and vulnerable.”