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R. Kelly guilty of child pornography for recording himself sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl

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In this file photo, singer R. Kelly is seen at the Daley Center in Chicago for a child support hearing on March 13, 2019. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

R. Kelly, 55, was found guilty Wednesday of child pornography, among other charges, after recording himself having sex with a 14-year-old boy. according to the Chicago Tribune.

At the heart of the case was “Jane”, Kelly’s goddaughter, then 14, who alleged that he abused her and then forced her not to submit to tests in a previous trial in 2008, threatening her and their parents and paying them off

Kelly, however, was acquitted of conspiring to obstruct justice in connection with the accusations of bullying Jane.

Jane, now 37, finally took the stand earlier this month and found that Kelly abused her hundreds of times, starting in 1998 when she was just 13 years old.

During the trial, Jane was asked why she hadn’t come forward sooner. “I got tired of living with (Kelly’s) lies,” she said.

The long-awaited verdict follows a month of harrowing testimony, including three other women who said they had sex with Kelly “hundreds of times” when they were minors. The federal jury in Chicago deliberated for 11 hours over two days.

Robert Sylvester Kelly, better known as R. Kelly, did not testify and was facing 13 charges, including multiple counts of forcing and engaging in sexual activity on a minor to produce a video. He was also charged with receiving child pornography, conspiring to receive child pornography and conspiring to obstruct a federal investigation.

Just one child pornography charge in Chicago carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, according to the Associated Press. The Grammy-winning artist is currently serving a 30-year sentence following a separate guilty conviction last year.

Two of Kelly’s former employees, business manager Derrel McDavid and assistant Milton “June” Brown, were also on trial. McDavid is accused of helping Kelly rig the 2008 trial, while Brown is accused of receiving child pornography. All three men have denied the allegations and only McDavid appeared on the stand.

Kelly was ultimately convicted of three of four counts of exploiting a minor for the purpose of producing child pornography and three of five counts of enticing a minor. McDavid, Brown and Kelly were found not guilty of conspiring to receive child pornography, and McDavid was also found not guilty of obstructing justice in the early years.

Two decades ago, a video of Kelly’s alleged abuse of Jane was anonymously submitted to the Chicago sun times. The newspaper then sent the images to police, leading to a statewide child pornography prosecution. A jury recognized Kelly after Jane refused to testify.

The trial, which began Aug. 15 in Kelly’s hometown, was the latest in a series trying to address allegations of sexual abuse against Kelly spanning three decades.

Earlier this year, a separate jury in New York found Kelly guilty of racketeering and sex trafficking after hearing various testimonies, including that he groomed a teenage girl, sexually assaulted the late pop star Aaliyah when she was 13 or 14. years, and that he forced a woman to have sex as “punishment”. He began serving his sentence in Brooklyn before being transferred to a federal prison in Chicago before his current trial.

Kelly also faces sex crime charges in Illinois and Minnesota, which are scheduled to continue after the Chicago trial.

The disgraced singer enjoyed widespread success even after allegations of sexual abuse began to surface. Motherboard previously reported how an endless stream of memes helped keep the singer in the spotlight.

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