R. Kelly, a former American recording artist, has been sentenced to an additional 20 years in prison.
On Thursday, United States District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber sentenced the 56-year-old to 20 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of child pornography and enticement of a minor.
Kelly, who was convicted of sexual molestation of a minor in a federal trial in 2022 after being found guilty of three counts of producing child pornography and three counts of enticing a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity.
The prosecution presented concrete video evidence showing the singer sexually abusing his 14-year-old goddaughter in the most recent guilty verdict.
R. Kelly was sentenced to 20 years in prison by a U.S. District Judge on Thursday, with 19 of those 20 years served concurrently with his previous sentence, rather than the 25 years sought by the prosecutors. While the remaining year would be served consecutively or after the completion of that sentence.
The singer, on the other hand, remained silent for nearly the entire sentencing hearing and refused to speak on his behalf.
According to the prosecutors, ”Robert Kelly is a serial sexual predator who, over the years, targeted young girls and went to great lengths to conceal his abuse of Jane and other minor victims. Following the jury verdict against him, to this day, Kelly refuses to accept responsibility for his crimes.”