R & B Star, R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison in federal sex trafficking case in New York.
The hearing started with Donnelly reading the sentencing guidelines and then working through disputes between prosecutors and defense lawyers.
After a brief break, the victims gave their statements before the court with their lawyer Gloria Allred.
“You made me do things that broke my spirit. I literally wished I would die because of how low you made me feel,” said one unnamed survivor, directly addressing a Kelly who kept his hands folded and his eyes downcast. “Do you remember that?”
U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly announced the final decision after the impact statements were heard by his seven unnamed victims.
A jury found Kelly, 55, guilty of racketeering and other counts last year at a trial that was seen as a signature moment in the #MeToo movement.
When the alleged sexual misconduct first came out about R. Kelly, victims and other participants created a docuseries titled Surviving R. Kelly, women and children were given a platform to voice their experiences and traumas following the sex trafficking scandal.
Prosecutors were seeking a minimum 25-year term, while the defense says a sentence of 10 years or less is all he deserves.
The jury convicted the R&B star after hearing about how he used his entourage of managers and other partners to meet girls and keep them “obedient” in what prosecutors are comparing to a criminal enterprise.
Kelly has been jailed without bail since in 2019. He still faces child pornography and obstruction-of-justice charges in Chicago, where a trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 15.