R Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexual assault in a US court in New York IG News

A US federal court in New York has sentenced R Kelly to 30 years in prison for sexual assault.

The former ’90s R&B star, 55, was sentenced for masterminding a plan to bring up young aspiring singers and children and sexually exploit them.

Branded as the “pied piper of R&B”, Kelly confronted many of his victims in court, who detailed their “outrageous and unspeakable” abuse before his sentencing.

The latest sentencing comes after a jury in September last year found him guilty of several counts of racketeering related to bribery and forced labour.

R Kelly. credits: PA

R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in US federal court

Kelly, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was also found to have violated an anti-sex trafficking law known as the Mann Act.

The singer, who denied all charges, was found guilty on all nine counts against him after a six-week trial in Brooklyn, New York.

Judge Ann Donnelly said she used her “minions” to “woo young fans into her class” while sentencing Kelly.

Kelly did not respond as his sentence was passed because he wore his gray prison-issue uniform.

The court heard statements of victim influence from seven women, presented anonymously in court, who described Kelly’s “god-like premises” and how she used her “fame and power” to seduce her victims. .

A woman using the pseudonym Angela described her as: “R&B’s pied piper, both in music and technique, and in approach.

“Success and love… you presented these sparkling gems as if they were gold.

“With every addition of a new victim you undermined any form of wickedness, arrogance, humanity or self-awareness, which soon became the breeding ground for your God-like complex.

“You were doing abominable things, saying and encouraging that no one should do it.

“We retrieve your name from under the shadow of your suffering trauma.”

Glasgow Times: R Kelly.  credits: PAR Kelly. credits: PA

At one point a woman known as Jane Doe number two withheld her statement, saying she “doesn’t want to interrupt (Kelly’s) conversation” as the singer appeared to be speaking to her lawyer.

“You’re an abuser, you’re shameless, you’re disgusting,” he told her.

Kelly has been detained at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn since his conviction last year.

Judge Donnelly told Kelly in his sentencing remarks: “Sentencing another human being is probably the hardest thing a judge has to do.”

“It’s fair to say, Mr. Kelly, that you’re a man who had some great advantage, you had world-wide fame and celebrity, untold money,” she said.

“Using your status and celebrity… you had a system of people you used to lure young fans into your class.

“For young people in the mall trolling your minions…handing over your phone number…for a chance to meet R. Kelly.”

“You see yourself as such a genius who can ‘do whatever I want because of what I give to the world’.”

Recalling her treatment of female victims, Judge Donnelly said there are parts of the testimony she “will never forget”.

He is best known for songs including his first number one single Bump n’ Grind and the 1996 smash-hit I Believe I Can Fly.

The 1996 track is a track that is widely played at school graduations, weddings, commercials and elsewhere, including the 2008 inauguration of former US President Barack Obama.

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