R. Kelly given 30 years in jail for sex abuse
Disgraced R&B superstar R. Kelly was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for using his reputation for sexually abusing young fans, some of whom were just children, under an organized scheme that Continued for a long time.
Through tears and anger, many of Kelly’s accusers told a New York City court and the singer himself that he had misled and victimized her.
“You forced me to do something that broke my soul. I literally wanted me to die because you felt so little about me,” an unidentified survivor told Kelly in court. Speaking directly, he put his hands together and his eyes down.
“Do you remember that?” The abused girl asked
Kelly, 55, made no statement and did not respond to a request for comment, which included a 100,000 fine. He has denied wrongdoing and intends to appeal the sentence.
The Grammy-winning, multi-platinum-selling songwriter was convicted of fraud and sex trafficking in a lawsuit last year that voiced accusations that previously made people wonder if their stories were ignored. Going because they were black women.
Another accuser, sentencing, said the victims were “no longer the people we were before.”
“There has never been a day in my life when I really believe that the judiciary will come for black and brown girls,” she added outside the court.