R. Kelly has been embroiled in heinous allegations of sexual abuse for over 2 decades now, some even going back to the beginning of his career in the 1990s. Once the ‘King of R&B’, is now a disgraced musician with more counts of accusations against him than can easily be remembered. Robert Kelly was slammed with racketeering and s*x-offender charges in 2021.
In addition, he has been facing allegations of having abusive sexual encounters with young women and recording them. Not only from random women, but Kelly has also faced serious allegations from women he has dated or the ones who have worked for him as well. His history of dating minors is just as problematic. The question of his marriage with 15-year-old singer Aaliyah when he was 27 himself has been shrouded in mystery for decades and will probably remain so, always.
Back in 2008, Kelly and Derrel McDavid were charged and faced trial for allegations of child pornography, but Kelly managed to acquit himself by withholding video evidence and threatening witnesses. But this time around, that case was reopened on account that Kelly and McDavid fixed the previous trial.
In New York, back in June itself, the Legs Shakin’ singer was sentenced to 30 years of imprisonment at Metropolitan Correctional Center, Chicago. The impending verdict in Chicago doesn’t seem like it will bring any respite for the singer as well.
During the court proceedings of the current R. Kelly trial in Chicago, a juror, a white female, suffered a panic attack following the prosecution’s closing argument and had to be helped out of the place. The attack happened during a break in the court proceedings on Monday. As reported by Jon Seidel, the judge shared that he was told that the juror in question “couldn’t last another minute” and therefore was excused by the judge.
The judge has further shared that a white male will step in the previous juror’s shoes and care has been taken that the new juror, too, has not watched the Surviving R. Kelly documentary, which might cause some type of prejudice in his mind.
Meanwhile, in the ongoing trial, the defense is now giving their closing arguments after the prosecution has staunchly labeled the singer a sexual predator who used his celebrity status to abuse minors. All that’s being awaited is the verdict of the jury.
Smriti Sneh is a Content Writer at Animated Times specializing in celebrities and everything pop-culture. Being a literature graduate from the University of Lucknow, she is cashing in on her writing skills by working in the entertainment news sector - studying literary theories by day, and navigating celebrity net worths through the night. Although you can find her writing poems at any and all hours.