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R. Kelly

The latest updates and coverage of Robert Sylvester Kelly, the entertainer known as R. Kelly, as he faces felony charges that include sexual abuse, child pornography and racketeering.

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R. Kelly’s three Grammys will not be rescinded — for now — Recording Academy CEO says

Despite the acts attached to Kelly, the singer’s three Grammys will remain with him for the time being.

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R. Kelly could spend second summer on trial if federal case in Chicago goes forward

The singer’s racketeering conviction last month in Brooklyn immediately raised the question of what might become of the case still waiting for him in Chicago’s federal court.

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Black women see long-overdue justice with R. Kelly verdict

"Black women have been in this country for a long time and ... our bodies were never ours to begin with," said Kalimah Johnson, executive director of the SASHA Center in Detroit, which provides services to sexual assault survivors.

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R&B superstar R. Kelly convicted in sex trafficking trial

A jury of seven men and five women found Kelly, 54, guilty of all nine counts, including racketeering. Kelly wore a face mask below black-rimmed glasses, remaining motionless with eyes downcast, as the verdict was read in federal court in Brooklyn.

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R. Kelly’s conviction a victory, especially for Black women, in a battle we can never stop fighting

We see a strong line from society’s refusal to believe Anita Hill in 1991 to a Brooklyn federal jury’s decision on Monday to believe Kelly’s many young Black victims.

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Foreman of R. Kelly’s 2008 jury ‘happy that justice was served’

Jamon Mytty said he still believes he and his fellow jurors made the right decision in 2008 "based on the evidence and the job we were given to do" in a trial famously missing the testimony of a victim.

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R. Kelly faces more charges in Chicago, elsewhere, so what happens next?

The R&B singer will confront that question after a roughly five-week trial featuring 45 government witnesses that ended with the singer facing 10 years to life in prison. The remaining federal case in Chicago, where he is charged with child pornography and obstruction of justice, is just as perilous.

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R. Kelly jurors start deliberations in Brooklyn trial

The panel of seven men and five women began deliberations Friday, ending the day without reaching a verdict They are due back in court on Monday to resume their work.

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Prosecutors urge jurors to make R. Kelly ‘pay,’ not fall for ‘lies

"It is now time to hold the defendant responsible for the pain he inflicted on each of his victims," Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Geddes said. "It is now time for the defendant, Robert Kelly, to pay for his crimes. Convict him."

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R. Kelly’s rules protected him, prosecutors in sex trial say

"The defendant set rules, lots of them, and he demanded complete obedience," Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Geddes.

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R. Kelly unlikely to take stand in Brooklyn trial: Lawyer

The remark by attorney Deveraux Cannick, made with the jury out the courtroom, came as the defense wound down its case at the trial in federal court in New York City.

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R. Kelly trial moves into next stage

Prosecutors ended their case Monday. The defense will now begin calling former Kelly employees in an effort to cast doubt on some of the accusers’ accounts.

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Prosecutors play R. Kelly tapes as government case winds down

In court papers, prosecutors have described tapes of a profane Kelly threatening violence against victims during recorded rants in 2008.

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R. Kelly caught on tape threatening victims, prosecutors say

According to a court document filed Tuesday, an enraged Kelly can be heard on one tape accusing an unidentified woman of lying to him before beginning to assault her: "If you lie to me, I’m going to f--- you up," Kelly says.

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R. Kelly assistant says he made her write false confession

Diana Copeland testified that Kelly kept strict policies for his entourage and once compelled her to write a letter falsely confessing to stealing from him.

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Witness says R. Kelly kept her locked up before sex assault

"I was sexually assaulted," the woman told jurors on Thursday at Kelly’s sex-trafficking trial. "It wasn’t something I invited."

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Feds investigated whether Bureau of Prisons employee leaked R. Kelly info to blogger

The employee had accessed Kelly’s records 153 times in 2019, even though she was not assigned to Chicago’s federal lock-up and had no official reason to access them.

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Witness testifies R. Kelly paid $200,000 to settle STD suit

The woman said when they began having sex, she told the singer she was worried about STDs. When she asked him to use protection, "he just said no," she testified.

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Uneasy witness testifies against R. Kelly at Brooklyn trial

The witness stood apart from other women who have testified for the government against the R&B superstar in federal court by not accusing him of sexually abusing her when she was underage.

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Pastor who secretly wed R. Kelly to Aaliyah in Chicago hotel room testifies

The pastor who secretly wed Kelly and Aaliyah when she was 15 years old said the singers wore matching "jogging suits" — each with one pant leg pulled up — for a 10-minute ceremony at a Chicago-area hotel.

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Woman said R. Kelly exposed her to sexually transmitted disease

The witness, taking the stand without using her real name, said she was 19 when her older half sister invited her to a Kelly concert in San Antonio in 2017. Her sibling was a fan of his music, she said, but "I was not."

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Man testifies against R. Kelly, says singer sexually assaulted him

The witness, testifying in federal court in Brooklyn without using his real name, told a jury how Kelly lured him to his Chicago-area home in 2007 with false offers of helping him with his fledgling music career.

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R. Kelly compared himself to Jerry Lee Lewis: witness

Jerry Lee Lewis married his 13-year-old cousin decades ago. R. Kelly said they were both misunderstood geniuses.

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R. Kelly made victims write fake blackmail letters: Witness

The witness read for the jury parts of one letter in which she told Kelly that if he tried to break up with her, "I’m going to tell everyone you raped me. … I’m going to say you raped me since I was a minor."

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R. Kelly defense team aims to undermine accusers’ credibility as first week of trial unfolds

Kelly’s supporters have characterized the accusers as unreliable groupies hoping to profit off their connection to the singer. But an aggressive attack on their credibility in front of the jury could backfire.

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R. Kelly controlled girlfriends during CBS segment: Witness

Kelly was there in the shadows when she and another live-in girlfriend spoke to King for a "CBS This Morning" segment in 2019 the woman said. She described how he would cough as a signal to keep them on script, backing up his denials, she said.

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R. Kelly accuser testifies that he sexually abused her at 17

The woman, identified only as "Jane Doe," wept when she also claimed that she contracted herpes after having sex with Kelly.

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Former R. Kelly tour manager testifies how he bribed Chicago-area government worker for fake ID for Aaliyah

Demetrius Smith told a jury at Kelly’s sex-trafficking trial that after he went into a Chicago-area welfare office in 1994, he brazenly approached an employee who was taking ID photos. "Hey, want to make some money?" he said he asked the employee before handing over the cash.

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Woman weeps while testifying against R. Kelly about assault

Jerhonda Pace, who had remained stoic during nearly two days on the witness stand, read how Kelly cursed at her and slapped her three times, telling her, "It’s not going to be an open fist next time." She wrote that he choked her and sexually assaulted her before she "became fed up with him" and left.

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Accuser says R. Kelly wanted to sexually ‘train her,’ ordered her to call him ‘Daddy’

"This case is not about a celebrity who likes to party a lot," Assistant U.S. Attorney Maria Cruz Melendez told the jury during opening statements in the Brooklyn trial. "This case is about a predator."

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Jury of 7 men, 5 women to hear R. Kelly sex case in Brooklyn

The jury selection spanned three days with the R & B singer seen on a video feed sitting impassively at the defense table, wearing glasses and dressed in a suit.

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Jury selection starts in R. Kelly’s Brooklyn trial

U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly began questioning potential jurors about whether they can keep an open mind about Kelly two years after he was charged with abusing women and girls for nearly two decades.