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Women Relive R. Kelly Attacks at Trial

NEW YORK (EFE) .- The American singer R. Kelly was sentenced yesterday Wednesday in New York to 30 years in prison for organized crime and sexual abuse and trafficking, nine months after he was found guilty in a process that lasted six weeks and in which dozens of people testified against him.

The star of the 1990s, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly and who is now 55 years old, listened to the testimonies of seven women, many of them in tears, who returned to remember in front of Kelly the suffering and consequences of abuse to whom he subjected them.

Among them was Lizzette Martínez, 45, who assured in the room that she is still fighting her mental problems. Another woman identified by the pseudonym Angela also appeared, who told R. Kelly, who did not want to speak before the sentence was pronounced, that she had used her fame and power to “deceive and train boys and girls under the age of age for their own sexual gratification.

A few hours before yesterday’s session, the federal judge presiding over the trial, Ann Donnely, denied a last motion made by the defendant’s defense that requested the acquittal of the winner of several Grammy awards or a retrial.

In her brief, the magistrate summarized that the defendant, an international music star, was accused of using his fame and his organization to lure young people into sexual relations, an organized crime company that, according to the Government, lasted 25 years.

During the sentencing, Donnely insisted that people should be protected from behavior like that of the former R&B star.

Throughout the process, the Prosecutor’s Office called “45 witnesses to the stand and presented hundreds of pieces of evidence, including written, video and audio evidence of the abuse to which the accused, with the help of his employees and associates, subjected his victims”.

Prosecutors had asked the judge for a sentence of more than 25 years, and a fine of between 50,000 and 250,000 dollars (which was left at 100,000 dollars) “in light of the seriousness of the crimes, the need for him to serve as deterrence and the need to protect the public from further offenses by the accused.

For its part, the defense had requested that it not exceed 10 years, alleging the “traumatic childhood of the accused, including evidence of a history of sexual abuse by family members and non-family members.”

A dozen witnesses claimed to have been abused by R. Kelly during the trial, while others detailed a continuing pattern of abuse.

The women described a charismatic celebrity onstage who frequently targeted young victims who attended his concerts, sometimes sexually assaulting them behind the scenes minutes after the event.

The testimonies also revealed prolonged abuse by Kelly against his partners, whom he beat and forced to call him “daddy” (daddy).

Likewise, he controlled how they dressed, when they could use the bathroom or eat, how they should interact with other men or if they could leave the rooms of the residences or hotels in which he held them.

In addition, they uncovered that R. Kelly used an entire network of employees to help him in his efforts to recruit young girls, isolate and intimidate them.

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