Famous R&B singer R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Wednesday, after being sentenced of nine federal charges that included both racketeering and sex trafficking charges.
Prosecutors asked the judge to sentence him to more than 25 years while the defense asked for less than 10 years. He plans to appeal his conviction.
With decades of alleged crimes against him, it’s sad how long it took Robert Sylvester Kelly to be imprisoned, as he was still able to walk the streets while earning millions of dollars.
On the surface level, it’s something that’s going to be seen as a horrible human who did heinous things, which is true. However, he represents the personification of a larger social problem: women and young girls are ignored when they cry out against sexual abuse.
His notoriety and then-deep pockets, much like Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein, to name a few, allowed the self-proclaimed R&B Pied Piper to intimidate survivors and continue his pattern of behavior. sexual criminal.
We can say that justice has finally been done, but 30 years is not enough.
Kelly is awaiting trial Aug. 15 on multiple cases in Chicago’s Cook County, including an indictment in a federal case. He also faces solicitation with a minor case in Minnesota.
He was acquitted in 2008 of more than a dozen counts of child pornography in Chicago and has been the subject of several documentaries detailing his predatory past over the past three decades, including Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly.” and CBS News’ “The Gayle King.” Interview with R. Kelly.