R. Kelly convicted of multiple charges of child pornography, acquitted of child pornography case 2008 | TBEN News


A federal jury convicted R. Kelly on Wednesday on several charges of child pornography in his hometown of Chicago, inflicting another legal blow on a singer who was once one of the biggest R&B stars in the world.

Kelly, 55, was found guilty of three counts of child pornography but was acquitted of conspiracy to obstruct justice that accused him of solving his 2008 state child pornography trial.

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The decision comes after a federal judge in New York City sentenced Kelly to 30 years in prison in June for racketeering and sex trafficking. Based on that sentence, he is not eligible for release until he is around 80.

The Chicago trial was in many ways a repeat of Kelly’s 2008 child pornography trial, with a key video that was pivotal to both.

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The legal challenges for Kelly — who rose from poverty on Chicago’s South Side to become a Grammy-winning superstar — aren’t over yet. Two more processes are pending; one in Minnesota and another in Chicago state court.

Kelly, who is known for his big hit I believe I can fly and for sex-infused songs like: Bump n’ Grind, sold millions of albums even after abuse allegations made the rounds in the 1990s. Widespread outcry sparked after the #MeToo settling and 2019 docuseries Survivor R. Kelly.