R. Kelly found guilty of racketeering in sex trafficking case

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NEW YORK (WTVO) — R&B star R. Kelly has been convicted in a sex trafficking trial after decades of allegations about sexual misconduct with minors.

Kelly was found guilty of racketeering by a federal jury in Brooklyn.

Jurors began the day by sending the judge a note asking for transcripts of testimony by two former Kelly employees and for a legal clarification. They heard from more than 50 witnesses during the trial.

The jurors were told that the entourage of managers and aides, who helped the singer meet girls and keep them obedient and quiet, amounted to a criminal enterprise.

Several accusers testified during the trail, alleging that Kelly subjected them to perverse and sadistic whims when they were underage.

Deliberations first began on Friday at federal court in Brooklyn before the panel of seven men and five women took the weekend off.

The 54-year-old Kelly, perhaps best known for the 1996 smash hit “I Believe I Can Fly, ” has pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges accusing him of sexually abusing women, girls and boys for more than two decades.

He is also charged with multiple violations of the Mann Act, which makes it illegal to transport anyone across state lines “for any immoral purpose.”

“I have been practicing law for 47 years, during this time I have pursued many sexual predators who have committed crimes against women and children. Out of all the predators that I have pursued however, Mr. Kelly is the worst,” said Prosecutor Gloria Allred.

Kelly’s attorney said that he plans on appealing the decision.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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