R. Kelly gets added another 30 year sentence for this

In what has been called a “groundbreaking” decision, R&B singer R. Kelly was sentenced to an additional 30 years in prison yesterday on federal racketeering and sex trafficking charges. This sentence comes in addition to the six-year sentence Kelly is currently serving on state charges of sexual assault and abuse. Kelly’s conviction last year was the result of a sweeping federal investigation that uncovered evidence of years of abusive behavior by the singer, including kidnapping, coercion, and sexual assault of underage girls. “R. Kelly abused his power for decades,” said U.S. Attorney Breon Peace in a press conference following the sentencing. “He preyed on young women and girls who were trying to achieve their dreams. He built an empire based on sexual exploitation and manipulated his victims with threats and bribes.

He used his fame to escape accountability and avoid prosecution, and he has now been held responsible for his crimes.”

The federal case against Kelly began in 2002 with the arrest of Joycelyn Savage, a star of the Disney Channel sitcom “Zoey 101,” which Kelly produced. Kelly and his entourage allegedly forced her into a decade-long relationship in which she was held against her will, including in a Chicago hotel where she was imprisoned for nearly two months. “Kelly told me that I was his property, I wasn’t allowed to leave, and I would do anything to be with him,” Savage said. “He used the threat of death to keep me there, and he threatened to kill me if I ever left him.”

Kelly’s criminal activity was a byproduct of his musical career. From his landmark 1992 hit “I Believe I Can Fly” to his recent “Ignition (Remix)” single, Kelly has sold over 80 million albums worldwide, and he’s been nominated for seven Grammys. Yet instead of living the life of a wealthy star, Kelly lived a tabloid nightmare.

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