R. Kelly Found Guilty in Federal Sex Crimes Trial

R. Kelly makes a court appearance. (Credit: YouTube/CBSN)

R. Kelly was dealt another legal defeat Wednesday in Chicago when a federal jury found him guilty on multiple counts of child pornography.

Jurors convicted the disgraced singer on three of counts of child pornography and three counts of enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity, according to the Associated Press.

The Grammy-winning performer was acquitted on seven other counts, including an obstruction charge alleging he rigged his 2008 state child pornography trial.

The jury deliberated for two days after nearly a month of testimony, including from the woman allegedly seen in the sex tape with Kelly that led to his 2008 state trial, which saw him acquitted.

Now 37, the woman told jurors in this latest trial that she was just 14 years old when the tape was recorded. Kelly was about 30 at the time.

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Kelly’s attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, said the singer feels a “sense of relief” now that this latest case is over, CNN reported.

“There was a mixed verdict, but we won more counts than we lost,” Bonjean said outside court. “If this jury concluded that he was guilty on the first three counts, would they care enough to consider the evidence on the rest? And they demonstrated that they did. They did their job. They looked at each count separately.”

Bonjean added that she is considering an appeal.

Kelly’s co-defendants in the trial, former business manager Derrel McDavid and former employee Milton Brown, were found not guilty of all counts Wednesday. They had been charged with conspiracy to receive child pornography and other counts. Both pleaded not guilty.

It’s unclear when Kelly will be sentenced in this latest trial. Under federal guidelines, each count of producing child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years.

In June of this year, Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison following his federal trial in Brooklyn, New York, for sexual abuse and violating racketeering laws.

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The “Bump N Grind” singer still faces two more sexual misconduct trials, one in Minnesota and one in Illinois state court in Chicago.

Born, Robert Sylvester Kelly, the prolific singer, songwriter and producer was once one of the most popular artists in R&B music.

For years he was followed by whispers of sexual misconduct and child molestation.

The decades-long allegations against Kelly received renewed attention when Lifetime aired its 2019 docuseries Surviving R. Kelly and followed it up with Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning, detailing decades of alleged abuse.