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R Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison after sex trafficking conviction
30 years, after being convicted of sex trafficking and racketeering charges.He faced life behind bars for masterminding an elaborate scheme to entice and sexually exploit young aspiring singers and underage children.Following a six-week trial in Brooklyn, Kelly, 55, was found guilty on all nine counts against him, including multiple counts of racketeering, with the charges relating to bribery and forced labour, by a jury in September last year.Kelly – who denied all charges – was also found in violation of an anti-sex trafficking law known as the Mann Act.The musician was sentenced to 30 years in prison by a US federal court in New York for masterminding an scheme to sexually exploit young aspiring singers and underage children.Kelly did not appear to react as the sentence was passed, with judge Ann Donnelly saying during sentencing that he had used his ‘minions’ to ‘lure young fans into your orbit’.She added that he had taught his victims ‘that love is enslavement and violence’.Judge Donnelly told Kelly: ‘Sentencing another human being is probably the most difficult thing a judge has to do.‘It is fair to say, Mr Kelly, that you are a person that had some great advantage, you had worldwide fame and celebrity, untold money.“Using your status and celebrity… you had a system of people that you used to lure young fans into your orbit.‘Having your minions troll for young people at the mall… handing out your phone number… for the opportunity to meet R Kelly.‘You fancied yourself a genius that can do “whatever I want because of what I give to the world.”‘Judge Donnelly added that there were parts of his victims’ testimony that she would ‘never forget’.Before the sentencing, Kelly was branded the ‘pied piper of R&B’ as he came