Singer R. Kelly, already behind bars, ordered to pay victims By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: R Kelly is sentenced by Decide Ann Donnelly for federal intercourse trafficking on the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., June 29, 2022 on this courtroom sketch. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg

NEW YORK (Reuters) – R. Kelly, the multiplatinum R&B singer convicted twice this 12 months of intercourse crimes, can be required to pay a minimum of $300,000 in restitution to a few of his victims, a federal choose mentioned on Wednesday.

The cash will compensate two ladies, referred to as Jane and Stephanie, for the prices of remedy and herpes therapy, U.S. District Decide Ann Donnelly mentioned at a listening to in Brooklyn.

That determine is more likely to rise after prosecutors recalculate the price of treatment for Stephanie.

Donnelly denied prosecutors’ requests to compensate Jane for misplaced revenue, and supply any compensation to a 3rd sufferer referred to as Sonja.

Kelly attended the listening to by way of Zoom from a federal jail in Chicago.

Donnelly sentenced Kelly in June to 30 years in jail, after a jury convicted him of racketeering and different prices.

Prosecutors mentioned the 55-year-old Kelly exploited his stardom and wealth over greater than twenty years to lure ladies and underage women into his orbit for intercourse.

The monthlong trial amplified accusations that had dogged the singer of the Grammy-winning hit “I Imagine I Can Fly.”

Kelly was additionally convicted final month in Chicago on separate prices of kid pornography and luring underage women for intercourse.

He’s awaiting sentencing in that case, and in addition faces varied state prices in Illinois and Minnesota.

Kelly, whose full title is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is among the many most distinguished individuals convicted of sexual misbehavior in the course of the #MeToo motion towards such conduct by distinguished males.

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