Thursday, June 20, 2024

R&B Singer R Kelly Going to Jail for the Rest of His Life: 30 Year Sentence for Sex Abuse of Minors


He believed he could fly.

Back in 1994, singer R Kelly illegally married then teenage singer Aaliyah. She was 15.

Even after Aaliyah died in a plane crash, Kelly was accused over and over again of luring teenage girls to his home or hotel rooms. In 2008, he was acquitted in Chicago on charges of child pornography.

But when the #MeToo movement became a thing in 2017, Kelly’s days were numbered. Today he was sentenced by a New York judge to 30 years in prison, Kelly, who’s 55, will spend the rest of his life in jail paying for his sins. At least 11 of his victims spoke at the sentencing today.

What really kicked open Kelly’s cases was an award winning documentary, produced by Dream Hampton, Tamra Simmons and Brie Miranda Bryant. It was shown on Netflix, and wound up reopening all the old cases. Those women must feel a great sense of accomplishment and justice today.

In addition to “I Believe I Can Fly,” Kelly had dozens of R&B hits, wrote and produced for other artists as well. He was a great talent, but a very sick guy.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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