Disgraced R&B singer R Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.
The sentencing by Judge Ann Donnelly follows almost a year after he was found guilty of sexual misbehaviour in New York.
Earlier in the day, several women who testified against Kelly during the trail got an opportunity to address Kelly and the court.
Several of them said Kelly’s abuse led to mental health problems that they’re still struggling with.
One unnamed survivor said to Kelly: “You made me do things that broke my spirit. I literally wished I would die because of how low you made me feel.”
When the survivor asked Kelly whether he remembers it, he kept his hands folded and his eyes downcast.
Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly was one of the famous people who was convicted during the #MeToo movement.
During the trial, the prosecutors said Kelly’s “actions were brazen, manipulative, controlling and coercive. He has shown no remorse or respect for the law. A lengthy sentence of imprisonment will serve to deter others – including those with wealth, fame and the outsized power such status brings – from engaging in similar crimes”.
The 55-year-old has been in jail since July 2019. He wore a black face mask and beige prison clothing and chose not to address the court.
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