CHICAGO: R&B singer R. Kelly was found guilty on Wednesday of multiple charges of child pornography and luring underage girls to have sex with him, but not guilty of obstruction in a 2008 state case that ended in his acquittal.
At his last trial, Kelly – whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly – was found guilty by a jury on six out of 13 counts, prosecutors said.
He was found guilty of three counts of child pornography and three counts of incitement to sex with minors, but acquitted of seven other counts, including obstruction of justice and conspiracy to receive child pornography.
In Chicago, a conviction on a single count of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years.
The jury verdict in the U.S. District Court in Chicago came after jurors deliberated for 11 hours over two days.
Kelly is among the most high-profile people convicted of sexual misconduct during the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and abuse in recent years.
During the five-week trial, several women came forward and told jurors that Kelly sexually abused them when they were underage. The jury also saw video of Kelly assaulting her goddaughter, who testified the abuse began in the 1990s when she was a teenager. Kelly and his two co-defendants, Milton “June” Brown and Derrel McDavidwere acquitted of conspiracy to receive child pornography charges. Kelly and McDavid were also acquitted of charges of conspiring to obstruct justice in an earlier case.
The men were charged with attempting to bribe and threaten witnesses in the 2008 Illinois case in which Kelly was found not guilty of 14 counts of child pornography.
In June, Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison following his conviction in federal court in New York for racketeering and prostitution. The lawsuit amplified the charges that had dogged the Grammy-winning hit singer “I Believe I Can Fly” for two decades.
Kelly also faces various state charges in Illinois and Minnesota.



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