R. Kelly was found guilty on all counts of sex trafficking and racketeering on Monday (September 27).
The disgraced R&B super star faced a total of nine counts including one count of racketeering, with 14 underlying acts that included sexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping, bribery and sex trafficking charges, and also eight additional counts of violations of the Mann Act, a sex trafficking law.
A jury, made up of five women and seven men, began deliberating the sex trafficking and racketeering charges against R. Kelly on Friday (September 24) following 23 days of testimony from 50 witnesses.
He sat motionless in the courtroom as the verdict was read.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Nadia Shihata said in federal court in Brooklyn:
R. Kelly believed the music, the fame and the celebrity meant he could do whatever he wanted.
He’s not a genius, he’s a criminal. A predator.
[His alleged victims] aren’t groupies or gold diggers. They’re human beings.
The singer could face decades in prison at his sentencing.