R. Kelly found guilty in federal child pornography case

R. Kelly was found guilty on Wednesday of three counts of child pornography by a federal jury in Chicago after he recorded himself abusing his goddaughter, who was 14 at the time.

The Chicago Tribune reports that out of the 13 charges in the indictment, Kelly was also found responsible for three counts of coercive and enticing child sex trafficking.

In his Cook County case from 2002, he was cleared of conspiring to impede justice. He was also cleared on two counts of receiving child pornography and one count of conspiring to do so.

Following the evidence of Kelly’s goddaughter, Jane, who used a pseudonym, the verdict was reached. Kelly had films of himself sexually abusing three other women when they were minors, according to three other women who testified.

Former workers Milton “June” Brown and Derrel McDavid were co-defendants in the case. They were accused of conspiring to conceal the videotapes and persuade Jane to keep her sex with Kelly a secret.

Both Brown and McDavid were cleared of all counts, including conspiracy to receive child pornography and obstruction of justice for McDavid.

R Kelly’s attorney Jennifer Bonjean said during closing arguments that Jane’s parents were to responsible for lying about her relationship with the singer and that this was not because “They were forced to do it,” but rather because “They condoned it.”

R Kelly was found guilty on two enticement counts involving the witnesses Jane, Nia, and Pauline (all of whom used pseudonyms), but not on the other two.

Jurors acquitted R Kelly of the alleged enticement counts in relation to another woman Tracy, one of the only witnesses whose age at the time of her alleged meetings with Kelly was challenged by defense attorneys.

The singer was also found not guilty by the jury on one count of enticement involving Brittany, who was initially scheduled to testify for the prosecution. For unknown reasons, that didn’t take place.

Just three years ago, following the release of the 2019 Lifetime documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly,” Jane joined the investigation. Jane testified during her June verdict that Kelly had repeatedly sexually abused her when she was a teenager and that it was actually her on the videotapes.

A jury found R Kelly guilty of racketeering connected to the sexual exploitation of children, kidnapping, and forced labor in June, and he was given a 30-year prison sentence. In a different federal lawsuit in New York, eight charges of Mann Act violations were also brought against him.

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