Prosecutors engaged in the trial of R Kelly have taken steps to confiscate the disgraced singer’s music royalties from Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Publishing Inc. As per the United States government, the 56-year-old artist, who received a 30-year prison sentence due to his convictions on sex trafficking and racketeering charges, has only paid a mere $28,000 of the $504,549 he was obligate to provide to his victims subsequent to his 2021 conviction. Bloomberg reports that prosecutors have now demanded that all forthcoming royalties allocated to his victims.
Earlier this year, Kelly was sentence to 20 years in prison for his involvement in child sex crimes. In February, a federal judge decreed that this sentence would served concurrently with the 30-year term he is presently serving for racketeering offenses. In the current year, a jury in Chicago found the singer of “I Believe I Can Fly” guilty on six out of the 13 charges brought against him in September 2022. These encompassed three counts of coercing minors into engaging in unlawful sexual activities. As well as three counts of producing pornography that depicted him perpetrating abuse against a minor.
Kelly was acquitted of two additional charges related to enticing minors into sexual acts and one charge connected to obstructing a prior investigation into the mistreatment of the individual he was found guilty of abusing, who incidentally was his goddaughter. In his 2021 convictions, Kelly found guilty on nine charges, which encompassed racketeering and violating the Mann Act. The Mann Act a legislation that forbids the transportation of women and girls across state lines for any sexual activities that may lead to criminal charges.
Throughout the trial, the victims recounted numerous instances of abuse they endured at the hands of R Kelly. One of the victims described how the artist exploited his fame to manipulate and groom underage girls and boys. Kelly initially faced accusations of engaging in sexual relations with minors during the 1990s. In 2002, he faced charges of possessing explicit images involving child abuse, but he ultimately secured an acquittal in 2008. It was after the emergence and growing influence of the #MeToo movement that new charges against Kelly began to arise.