R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison on sex trafficking charges. Kelly, one of the most celebrated R&B singers of the ’90s, was convicted in September 2021 on nine counts of racketeering, including acts of bribery and sexual exploitation of a child. His sentencing, which came on Wednesday in Brooklyn, is the culmination of a long, slow build of accusations that go back decades.
Kelly has been accused of sexual relationships with minors going back to 1994, when he married 15-year-old pop star Aaliyah. (The marriage was annulled.) In the 25 years since then, he has been sued multiple times for inappropriate sexual contact with a minor (he settled out of court every time), and he was eventually charged with creating child pornography. (A jury found him not guilty on the grounds that they could not conclusively identify the other figure in his infamous sex tape as a child.)
In 2017, he was accused of creating an abusive “sex cult” of very young women, whom he allegedly isolates, brainwashes, and abuses physically and emotionally. Since the story broke, multiple women have