R. Kelly was found guilty of child porn charges in Chicago federal trial

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R. Kelly stood with his lawyer Jennifer Bonjean during his sentencing hearing for federal sex trafficking at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., June 29, 2022.REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg
  • R. Kelly was found guilty of sex crime charges in Chicago federal court.

  • The trial, his second in two years, dealt with the infamous sex tape that came to light in 2002.

  • Kelly is already serving a 30-year sentence for a sex trafficking conviction out of New York.

A federal jury in Chicago found R. Kelly guilty of producing child pornography and abusing minors in his second sex crimes trial in two years, the Associated Press reported.

The disgraced R&B star, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is already serving a 30-year sentence out of New York after prosecutors proved that he ran a decades-long sex trafficking enterprise through his music business. In that trial, 11 sexual abuse victims testified against him.

Nine women and two men who testified against him at that trial said that he lured them into sexual slavery after promising to help their careers in the music industry — promises he almost never kept.

The women, many of whom were teenagers when they met Kelly, testified that he directed them to have sex with him and each other and said the singer obsessively videotaped the sexual encounters.

The Chicago trial, which began on August 13, primarily dealt with the sex tapes that were part of a 2008 Illinois child pornography trial in which Kelly was acquitted after the witness declined to take the stand.

Now 37, the survivor, who goes by Jane, cooperated with prosecutors and was among four victims who took the stand.

Jurors were presented with three videos of Jane being abused by Kelly when she was a minor. In one, which had been sent anonymously to the Chicago Sun-Times in 2002 and then turned over to police, a female voice could be heard referring to her "14-year-old body."

On the stand, Jane confirmed that she was the teenager in all three videos.

Kelly's former business manager, Derrel McDavid, and a former assistant, Milton "June" Brown, were also on trial for their alleged involvement in the scheme.

McDavid and Brown were found not guilty of conspiring to receive child pornography. Kelly and McDavid were acquitted of charges that they conspired to obstruct justice in an earlier case.

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