R&B singer R. Kelly was sentenced to 20 years in prison for child sex crimes by a federal judge in Chicago on Thursday 23rd February. This comes after his September 2022 convictions of three counts of creating child pornography and three counts of coercing minors into illegal sexual activity. One of his victims includes his goddaughter.
The 56-year-old, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was already sentenced to 30 years in prison last year after being found guilty of sex trafficking and racketeering.
Despite opposition from his prosecutors, this new sentence will mostly be served simultaneously with his current one, meaning his total prison sentence has only increased by one year.
The singer has been accused of sexual misconduct throughout his career since the 1990s, but it has taken nearly three decades for justice to finally be served.
The case against him particularly gained momentum after the release of the documentary ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ in January 2019 in which young women who have survived his abuse come forward to tell their stories. He was arrested in July 2019 before being convicted in New York in 2021.
Kelly, who still has over 4.5 million monthly listeners on Spotify, will be in his late 80s by the time he is eligible for release.