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R. Kelly to pay $300,000 to victim in sex crimes

On Wednesday, a federal judge gave the impression that she intended to order disgraced R&B superstar R. In a multi-decade conspiracy to take advantage of his popularity to sexually assault teenage admirers, Kelly will pay more than $300,000 to one of his victims.

An order from the U.S. District Judge Ann Connelly that was still being finalized is intended to pay for the price of herpes treatment and counseling. The victim, who is only identified by a pseudonym, claims that the imprisoned Kelly infected her with the STD during one of their encounters.

Once the total is tallied, Kelly may be liable for tens of thousands of dollars extra to cover the costs of counseling and herpes treatment for a second victim. The judge disallowed a third accuser’s assertion.

The Grammy-winning, multiplatinum-selling musician joined the session in federal court in Brooklyn by video from a Chicago jail, but he didn’t say much other than to greet the judge and decline a request for extra time. Nobody from the victims’ group was present.

Earlier this year, Kelly was convicted of racketeering and sex trafficking in New York and given a 30-year prison term as a result. His conviction on accusations of creating child pornography and luring minors for sex brought the second trial in Chicago to a finish on September 14.

In the New York case, the current concern is how and when Kelly will make the restitution payment. In addition to the $28,000 that was taken from his inmate commissary account, which defense attorney Jennifer Bonjean claimed was made up of tiny gifts from admirers, the prosecution claims that he has access to up to $5 million.

Kelly has no access to any additional funds, according to Bonjean, who informed the judge that this is because of awards made against him in civil lawsuits. She also maintained that her client has never known how to manage his money.

She remarked, “He’s not the best source of that information.”

The 1996 smash “I Believe I Can Fly” and the cult classic “Trapped in the Closet,” a multi-part story of sexual betrayal and intrigue, are among the works that helped Kelly become a superstar.

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