The jury has asked R. Kelly to pay for his alleged sex crimes

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Prosecutor R. Kelly has been charged with felony criminal mischief for prosecuting an R&B superstar on federal charges that he used his celebrity as a lever to sexually abuse women, girls and boys. more than two decades.

“It is now time to hold the defendant accountable for the pain he has inflicted on all of his victims,” ‚Äč‚ÄčAssistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Geddes said at the conclusion of her closing arguments in federal court in Brooklyn. “It is now time for the defendant, Robert Kelly, to pay for his crimes. He is convicted.”

Their remarks came after a strenuous recitation of evidence the government says proves how Kelly, with the help of some loyal members of his entourage, lured minor victims into his orbit before subjecting them to tactics from “the enemy’s book.”

The tactic includes isolating them in hotel rooms or his studio, subjecting them to degrading rules and penalties and making video recordings of them having sex with him and others as a means of controlling them, prosecutors said.

Geddes describes a graphic video – seen by the jury while testifying, but not by the public – saying she showed Kelly that one of his victims forced another man to give oral sex. The woman presented “because her will was broken,” the prosecutor said.

The defense should begin its closing argument later on Thursday. The jury was able to get the case as early as Friday afternoon during the trial, which began on August 18th.

The 54-year-old Kelly, perhaps best known for his 1996 smash hit “I Believe I Can Fly”, pleaded not guilty to charges. He is also charged with multiple violations of the Man Act, making it illegal to transport anyone across state lines “for any immoral purpose.”

The accused vehemently denied the allegations, claiming that the accusers were groups who wanted to take advantage of his fame and fortune until the MeToo movement turned them against him.

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