- 29 Sep 22
R. Kelly was convicted and sentenced by a New York court last June.
American rapper R. Kelly, who is already behind bars serving a 30-year prison sentence for sex trafficking and racketeering, has now been ordered to pay restitution to his victims. According to Courthouse News Service reporter Nina Pullano, Kelly owes at least $309,068.18 (€310,294) to victims as well as $140,000 (€144,449.90) in fines and assessments.
$300,668.18 of the sum will go toward one victim referred to as 'Jane', and the other $8,400 to 'Stephanie'. The funds will reportedly go toward the costs of therapy and herpes treatment. These figures are likely to rise.
U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly made the call at a Brooklyn court, but denied prosecutors requests to compensate 'Jane' for lost income or provide any compensation for another victim known as 'Sonja'.
The 55-year-old was convicted of all nine counts of indictment ("racketeering predicated on criminal conduct including sexual exploitation of children, forced labour and Mann Act violations involving the coercion and transportation of women and girls in interstate commerce to engage in illegal sexual activity") in New York last year. Kelly is still awaiting sentencing on a separate case in Chicago on charges of child sexual abuse imagery and luring underage girls for sex. He also is facing various charges in Illinois and Minnesota.
"R. Kelly used his fame, fortune and enablers to prey on the young, the vulnerable and the voiceless for his own sexual gratification, while many turned a blind eye," said U.S. Attorney Peace according to the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement newsroom.
The docuseries Surviving R. Kelly aired in 2019 on Lifetime, detailing the allegations against the R&B artist. Watch a clip below.
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