Sex scandal: R Kelly convicted, faces 100 years in prison

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R Kelly, 54, faces 100 years in prison after he is found guilty of all nine counts of sex trafficking and racketeering.

The R&B star recruited and sexually abused women, girls and boys over three decades.

He was found guilty of all nine counts of racketeering and sex trafficking after nine hours of deliberation and a six-week long trial featuring lurid testimony from 50 witnesses.

Kelly was accused of running a Chicago-based criminal enterprise that prosecutors say he used to ‘target, groom and exploit girls, boys and women’ for unwanted sex and mental torment.

Witnesses said Kelly subjected them to perverse and sadistic whims when they were underage.

Prosecutors argued that Kelly’s accusers were ‘indoctrinated’ into his world, groomed for sex and kept in line by ‘coercive means of control’ including isolation and cruel disciplinarily measures.

The defense, however, argued that his accusers lied in their testimonies and that Kelly was a ‘sex symbol’ and ‘playboy’ who was being attacked by scorned exes and money-hungry fans.

The singer maintains his innocence and denies any wrongdoing.

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