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American singer R. Kelly found guilty of child pornography

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Famous for his hit “I Believe I Can Fly”, R. Kelly had already been sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex crimes committed against women and teenage girls. He is now convicted of child pornography.

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R. Kelly, a fallen R&B star who was previously sentenced to 30 years in prison in June for sex crimes against young, sometimes teenage, women, was convicted of child pornography in Chicago on Wednesday.

Robert Sylvester Kelly, 55, was convicted of producing child pornography and kidnapping a minor, according to the newspaper Chicago Grandstand. The singer, known worldwide for his hit “I Believe I Can Fly” and his 75 million records sold, was however acquitted by a federal jury on other charges of obstruction of justice.

He and two former associates – also acquitted on Wednesday – were charged with disrupting the course of his 2008 child pornography trial, in which the jury found him not guilty. They were accused of having both threatened and corrupted a victim, who had not then testified. Now 37, she spoke this time.

Excerpts from videos showing sexual violence committed by R. Kelly on young teenage girls, one of whom was only 14, were shown during the trial.

The 12-person jury took about 11 hours to reach this verdict, which could add a heavy prison sentence to the 30 years of imprisonment to which R. Kelly has already been sentenced.

The artist was found guilty in September 2021 in New York of having piloted for three decades a “system” of sexual exploitation of young people, including adolescent girls.