Robert Sylvester Kelly, the R&B singer also identified as “R. Kelly,” was convicted now by a federal jury in Brooklyn of all 9 counts of a superseding indictment charging him with racketeering predicated on felony perform which includes sexual exploitation of small children, compelled labor and Mann Act violations involving the coercion and transportation of females and girls in interstate commerce to engage in unlawful sexual exercise. The verdict followed 6 months of demo just before United States District Choose Ann M. Donnelly.
Jacquelyn M. Kasulis, Performing United States Attorney for the Japanese District of New York, and Peter C. Fitzhugh, Specific Agent-in-Demand, Homeland Stability Investigations, New York (HSI), introduced the verdict.
“Today’s guilty verdict for good brand names R. Kelly as a predator, who made use of his fame and fortune to prey on the younger, the susceptible, and the voiceless for his possess sexual gratification,” stated Performing U.S. Legal professional Kasulis. “A predator who applied his inner circle to ensnare underage teenage ladies, and young ladies and adult men, for a long time, in a sordid world-wide-web of sexual intercourse abuse, exploitation and degradation. To the victims in this situation, your voices ended up listened to, and justice was last but not least served. We hope that today’s verdict brings some measure of comfort and closure to the victims.” Ms. Kasulis also thanked the U.S. Attorney’s Place of work for the Northern District of Illinois and the Prepare dinner County State’s Attorney’s Business office for their help with the circumstance.
“Robert Kelly is a serial sexual predator who used his fame and musical tours as his private looking grounds to find his victims,” said HSI Exclusive Agent-in-Charge Fitzhugh. “Mr. Kelly ran a criminal organization whose mission was to serve his sexual gratification by location up a complicated corporation of enablers and handlers. When his victims attempted to escape, Mr. Kelly and his accomplices silenced them through bribery, intimidation, and actual physical violence. The brave survivors who overcame Mr. Kelly’s abuse ought to have our upmost regard for telling their stories and bringing an stop to his 30-calendar year reign of terror about the youthful and vulnerable.”
As tested at demo, for nearly 3 a long time, Kelly was the leader of a prison enterprise (“the Enterprise”) consisting of himself and an entourage of people who served as managers, bodyguards, accountants, drivers, particular assistants and runners for the defendant. As the chief of the Enterprise, Kelly made use of his fame to recruit ladies and girls to have interaction in illegal sexual action with him. Kelly determined these ladies and females at concert events, and then directed members of the Company to escort them backstage next his musical performances. Kelly exchanged speak to details with ladies and girls so that he and other users of the Enterprise could organize journey and lodging for them to stop by Kelly and have interaction in the billed illegal sexual perform.
The proof at demo integrated the testimony 45 govt witnesses, which includes extra than 10 victims, five of whom are named in the superseding indictment, testimony from personnel of the defendant, textual content messages, online video and audio recordings, photographs, cell phone and vacation information, DNA evidence and skilled witnesses.
Kelly issued procedures that a lot of of his sexual companions were being necessary to abide by, which include that the ladies and girls ended up to phone him “Daddy” they had been not permitted to leave their rooms to consume or visit the lavatory with out receiving his permission they had been expected to don baggy clothes when not accompanying Kelly to an occasion and they were directed to maintain their heads down and not glimpse at or communicate to other gentlemen. Kelly also isolated the gals and women from their friends and family members and designed them dependent on him for their economical very well-currently being. He necessary the victims to interact in intercourse with him and others, and recorded lots of of the sexual encounters.
Racketeering Act Just one – Bribery
Kelly bribed a point out personnel to generate an identification card for Jane Doe #1, then 15 yrs old, so that Kelly could marry Jane Doe #1 since he thought she was expecting and hence the relationship could maintain him out of jail.
Racketeering Acts Two, 7 and 10 – Sexual Exploitation of a Kid – Jane Doe #2, Jane Doe #4 and Jane Doe #5
Kelly coerced Jane Doe #2, Jane Doe #4 and Jane Doe #5 to interact in sexually explicit perform for the objective of producing video clip recordings. More than the study course of a long time, he made these recordings, and other recordings of sexually express perform, applying VHS video cameras, Canon camcorders, iPhones and iPads.
Racketeering Functions Six, Eleven and 13 – Pressured Labor – Jane Doe #4, Jane Doe #5 and Jane Doe #6
Kelly utilized the menace of bodily harm and physical restraint to guarantee that his victims, such as Jane Doe #4, Jane Doe #5 and Jane Doe #6, executed sexually at his command. As to Jane Doe #4, he slapped her, choked her and spit on her, in advance of demanding she give him oral sex. As to Jane Doe #5, in excess of a period of many years, he spanked her, viciously assaulted her, confined her for intervals of times and normally manipulated her, to be certain that she would carry out for him sexually, which includes with other females and a man. As to Jane Doe #6, he pressured her to give him oral sexual intercourse. When he did that, there was a gun within just Kelly’s get to.
Racketeering Acts 5 and 9 – Mann Act Violations – Jane Doe #4 and Jane Doe #5
Among May perhaps 2009 and January 2010, Kelly regularly spoke with Jane Doe #4 in excess of the phone to organize for Jane Doe #4 to arrive to his residence in Olympia Fields for the purpose of unlawful sexual action, which was illegal due to the fact Jane Doe #4 was much too youthful to consent to sexual intercourse in Illinois. In the same way, among September 2015 and October 2015, Kelly transported Jane Doe #5, who was then 17 yrs aged, from New York Metropolis to Oakland, California for the goal of unlawful sexual exercise, as she was as well younger to consent to intercourse in California.
Racketeering Functions 8, 13 and Fourteen – Mann Act Violations – Jane Doe #5 and Jane Doe #6
In April 2015, Kelly organized for Jane Doe #5 to fly from her property in Orlando, Florida, to Los Angeles, California, for the intent of illegal sexual action, which was unlawful simply because Kelly understood he experienced an incurable sexually transmitted illness (“STD”) and did not advise Jane Doe #5 about the STD prior to participating in sexual intercourse with her. In Could of 2017 and again in February of 2018, Kelly arranged for Jane Doe #6 to fly from her home in San Antonio, Texas, to La Guardia Airport in Queens, New York, for the purpose of illegal sexual action, which yet again was unlawful for the reason that Kelly unsuccessful to disclose that he had an incurable STD and get Jane Doe #6’s consent to engage in sexual intercourse less than these situation.
When sentenced, Kelly faces a obligatory minimum amount sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and up to lifetime in jail.
The government’s situation is currently being handled by the Office’s Civil Rights Segment. Assistant United States Attorneys Elizabeth Geddes, Nadia Shihata and Maria Cruz Melendez are in cost of the prosecution.
ROBERT SYLVESTER KELLY (also known as “R. Kelly”)
E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 19-CR-286 (AMD)