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R. Kelly's lawyer is considering filing an appeal after the disgraced R&B star was found guilty of racketeering and related sex crimes in New York on Monday.

The "I Believe I Can Fly" singer faces decades behind bars after a jury found him guilty on all nine counts of recruiting women and underage children for sex.

Kelly's attorney tells CNN the defense team is disappointed by the verdict and is considering filing an appeal.

Deveraux Cannick accused federal prosecutors of cherry-picking evidence to suit their case against the singer.

"You didn't get to see what we saw in terms of the discovery," he said.

"You didn't get to see all the inconsistencies. We said in our summation that the government cherry-picked their version that they thought would support the continuation of the narrative."

Kelly, who has repeatedly denied the allegations against him, didn't react when the verdict was read out in court.


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However, his lawyer admitted the singer was shocked when the verdict was read out loud.

Attorney Gloria Allred, who represented three of six alleged victims, called Kelly the "worst" sexual predator she has ever encountered.

"I have been practicing law for 47 years. During this time I have pursued many sexual predators who have committed crimes against women and children. Of all the predators that I have pursued, however, Mr. Kelly is the worst, for many reasons.

"First, he used the power of his celebrity to recruit vulnerable underage girls for the purpose of sexually abusing them. These were not May-October relationships, which is what his defense attorney wanted the jury to believe; these were crimes against children and some adults.

"Second, to use the power of his business enterprise and many of his inner circle employees to assist him and enable him in his plan and his scheme to lure his victims to him, isolate them, intimidate them, control them, indoctrinate them, punish them, shame them, and humiliate them.

"All of which made Mr. Kelly more powerful and more dangerous than many other sexual predators who operate without a network of financial and businesses to support and enable them."

None of Kelly's former employees have been charged.

Kelly is scheduled to be sentenced on May 4, 2022. He is also facing similar charges in Illinois and Minnesota.

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R. Kelly has been found guilty of sexually abusing women, boys, and girls in a Brooklyn courtroom on Monday.

Kelly was found guilty on nine counts of RICO violations, as well as transporting minor females across state lines for sex, on Monday.

The jury of seven men and five women deliberated for nine hours before returning their verdicts on the evidence against the singer.

Testimony of accusers and prosecution witnesses closed out the month-long trial in Brooklyn, New York.

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During the proceedings, prosecutors told jurors that Kelly used a network of friends and employees to secretly transport minors and women across state lines and control their actions.

Many of the witnesses who took the stand during the trial claimed Kelly had kidnapped them and restricted what and when they could eat. They also claimed he controlled when they could take bathroom breaks.

Kelly's attorneys attempted to discredit the accusers as groupies who who were willing to be used and controlled.

The defense claimed the victims had concocted tall tales about the singer after he refused their advances.

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One of his alleged victims claimed she witnessed the singer performing oral sex on teenage R&B singer Aaliyah, who Kelly illegally wed in a Chicago hotel room in 1994 - when she was only 15.

A former tour manager for Kelly also testified that he bribed a welfare office employee to make a fake ID for Aaliyah, which listed her age as 18.

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Prosecutors claimed Kelly married Aaliyah in a bid to avoid criminal charges for having sex with a minor. Their marriage was later annulled.

Kelly did not take the stand to testify in his own defense during the trial.

Kelly also faces criminal charges in separate cases from state prosecutors in Minnesota and federal prosecutors in Illinois.

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Federal authorities are investigating whether a former employee of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) leaked information about incarcerated singer R. Kelly to a blogger.

Kelly was arrested over 2 years ago in Chicago and extradited to New York to stand trial on racketeering and sex trafficking charges.

According to BOP records, the employee accessed R. Kelly's files on a computer server 153 times in 2019. The employee had no authority to read the records.

Prosecutors asked a judge for permission to subpoena the employee's computer after YouTube vlogger Tasha K reported information only a prison employee would know.

In the affidavit which was unsealed in federal court in Chicago August 18, the employee is identified only as "Officer A."

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Kelly is identified as "Inmate A... a nationally recognized celebrity whose criminal case has received media attention."

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Joseph Fitzpatrick, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney John Lausch, confirmed "Inmate A" is Kelly.

Details contained in the affidavit was first reported by the Chicago Tribune.

The employee accessed records pertaining to Kelly while he was an inmate at Chicago's Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in 2019. The employee worked at the Thomson Correctional Center from May 2019 until December 2019 when she retired, according to the affidavit.

BOP records shows the officer in question used her BOP password to access Kelly's records between July 15, 2019 and Dec. 12, 2019 — even though the officer was not assigned to the MCC and was not authorized to access them.

In total, 60 BOP employees accessed Kelly's records from July 15, 2019, through Jan. 8, 2020, according to the affidavit. But the officer in question accessed the records 153 times.

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Tasha K, real name Latasha Kebe, 39, runs a popular Instagram blog and YouTube channel called UnwinewithTashaK. Her last known address is in Atlanta.

Tasha K reported information about Kelly known only to BOP employees, such as inmate calls, visitation logs, emails and funds, the affidavit said.

Tasha K's Instagram and YouTube channel were monitored by a federal agent after she published Kelly's visitation list and revealed a date of Dec. 5, 2019, at 8:07 a.m. in a Jan. 12, 2020 Instagram post.

The agent wrote that BOP records showed the employee accessed Kelly's records at that same time. Other BOP employees accessed the records at other times of the day, the agent wrote.

The employee also sent an email from her official BOP email address to a Gmail address on Nov. 13, 2019, and attached a 12-page document that contained Kelly's visitor records and money logs, according to the affidavit.

Tasha K reported some of the details in that email attachment in a Dec. 22, 2019 YouTube video, the agent wrote.

No charges have been filed against Tasha K.

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According to TMZ, a judge recently tossed Tasha's $3 million lawsuit against rapper Cardi B, in which she claimed the rapper assaulted her after she reported allegations about the star's minor daughter, Kulture.

Kelly faces federal racketeering charges in Brooklyn alleging he recruited women and girls for illegal sex and filmed child pornography.

Kelly has pleaded not guilty to all charges. He faces up to life in prison if found guilty on all counts.

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R. Kelly's former 17-year-old live-in lover testified they had sex without using protection and he gave her a painful sexually transmitted disease.

Jane Doe number 5 testified during Kelly's ongoing sex trafficking trial at the Eastern District of New York courthouse in Brooklyn on Monday.

Taking the witness stand, Jane Doe number five, who allegedly dated the singer for five years, revealed she first met Kelly in 2015 at a show in Florida when she was 17.

She explained someone from his entourage handed her a piece of paper with his cell phone number written on it, and told her not to tell anyone about it. Kelly then offered her an audition to sing for him and she met up with the star days later, when he allegedly performed oral sex on her.

The unnamed accuser then told the court that Kelly's assistant booked plane tickets for her so she could visit the singer on his tour stops. She insisted the aide knew she was only 17.

Jane Doe claimed when she first had sex with Kelly, he didn't use protection or disclose his STD.

Kelly's physician of 25 years earlier testified that Kelly had genital herpes since 2007.

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Jane Doe said she moved in with the singer at his leased mansion in Atlanta, Georgia. There, he demanded she get permission from him or his assistant before leaving a bedroom and made her urinate in a cup.

Jane Doe testified she and Kelly had sex almost every day during the summer of 2015, and he videotaped their sessions.

She said she discovered she had contracted herpes from Kelly when she "couldn't physically even walk." Testifying through tears, she told the court, "I felt this man had purposely given me something he knew he had".

Jane Doe revealed she and Kelly received a letter of consent from her mother in September, 2015, allowing the 17-year-old to live with him and be home-schooled in Chicago, Illinois.

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She testified Kelly flew her to tour stops, and she became pregnant in 2017. She was pressured to have an abortion by the star's assistant.

She also claimed the singer told another live-in girlfriend he married late singer Aaliyah, when she was 15, so he could accompany her to get an abortion when she fell pregnant.

Her testimony follows several days of similar claims from other women.

In earlier testimony, Kelly's former assistant said he paid $500 to bribe a court worker to obtain a marriage license for 15-year-old singer Aaliyah to marry Kelly because he feared she was pregnant.

Kelly was arrested over 2 years ago in Chicago and extradited to New York to stand trial. He has pleaded not guilty to the sex trafficking charges. He faces up to life in prison if found guilty on all counts.

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R. Kelly allegedly sexually abused a 17-year-old boy after meeting him at a Chicago-area McDonald's in 2006, a new court filing alleges.

Federal prosecutors in New York alleged new accusations against the disgraced singer, including sexual assault and bribery, going back 30 years.

According to court docs, Kelly, 54, sexually abused the teen after asking him "what he was willing to do to succeed in the music business."

The teen allegedly introduced Kelly to a male friend, aged 16 or 17.

Several years later, when the male was 19 or 20, the star apparently started a sexual relationship with that person, referred to as John Doe #2. Kelly allegedly forced several of his girlfriends to have sex with the young man while he filmed the encounters.

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In court documents filed on Friday, July 23, and obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times, prosecutors asked a judge to permit them to submit new evidence of the allegations at Kelly's upcoming racketeering trial in federal court in Brooklyn, New York.

Kelly faces federal charges of violating the Mann Act involving the coercion and transportation of women and girls in interstate commerce to engage in illegal sexual activity.

The singer, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, has not been charged with any new sexual offenses, according to the Post.

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Prosecutors also claim to have evidence that Kelly sexually abused singer Aaliyah and married her in 1994, when she was 15, so that she couldn't be forced to testify against him. She died in a plane crash in 2001.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, a woman named Jane Doe #5 claimed Kelly asked her to search the internet for "child pornography involving boys for him".

According to court papers, a search of Kelly's computer corroborated the claim.

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Additionally, the musician is accused of leading an enterprise to recruit women and girls for sex. He denies any wrongdoing. His Brooklyn trial is scheduled for August 9.

A separate trial for child pornography charges is set in his native Chicago, Illinois in September.

Kelly was recently slapped with a $2 million dollar tax lien for allegedly failing to pay taxes in 2008. As reported by Radar Online, the IRS filed a lien against Kelly's former Illinois mansion.

Kelly has pleaded not guilty on all counts.

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R. Kelly's ex-wife Drea Kelly isn't feeling nostalgic about her former life with the incarcerated singer.

In an interview with the NY Post's Page Six, the 46-year-old choreographer insists that while she was married to the singer, she was "never a wife".

The couple was married for 13 years before their bitter divorce in 2009. Drea, real name Andrea Kelly, later went public with bombshell allegations of domestic abuse in their failed marriage.

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Drea - who shares three children with her former husband - said that despite the "I Believe I Can Fly" star's wealth and fame, being married to him was a "lonely" experience.

"Money does not bring you happiness; it is a lonely place," she said. "I still say, 'I was married but I was never a wife,' and I don't want anyone (else to experience that) - especially the younger generation.

The lovelorn actress advised women not to chase a bag when looking for love -- because when he leaves he takes the bag with him.

"At the end of the day, what you need to understand is that when it's over, they will let you know his damn money is his damn money and they leave with their money."

Kelly remains behind bars in Chicago, Illinois, where he is facing multiple counts of sexual abuse of a minor. He is also set to stand trial for racketeering and human sex trafficking in New York.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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R. Kelly may file a federal lawsuit after a fellow inmate attacked him with a pen at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago last week.

Kelly's attorneys will appeal to the government to release Kelly on home detention after he was nearly killed by another inmate in an unprovoked attack.

The 53-year-old "Trapped in the Closet" singer has not seen his attorneys in person since March.

Kelly's lawyers argue that he has been unable to prepare for his upcoming trial for nearly six months, due to restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic that limits visitors to the jail.

Kelly's legal team may file a lawsuit citing the dangerous conditions at the jail after their client was attacked by a deranged inmate.

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The inmate, identified as Latin Kings gang member Jeremiah Farmer, allegedly attacked Kelly because he was upset over the lockdowns due to Kelly's fans protesting outside the jail.

In a handwritten letter to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, titled, "The Government Made Me Attack R. Kelly," Farmer said he was "forced" to beat the R&B crooner.

"Farmer, with nowhere else to turn for legal help, was forced to assault hip-hop R&B singer Robert Kelly in hopes of getting spotlight attention and world news notice to shed the light on the government corruption," Farmer wrote.

He continued: "Due to the most blatant government corruption in Farmer's case, and being in lockdown for R. Kelly protest, I physically beat Mr. Kelly in an attempt to shed media spotlight on Farmer's case to prove government corruption and helping Farmer's innocence to prevail."

The letter will likely be included in a lawsuit filed against the Federal Bureau of Prisons which runs the jail.

Kelly's attorneys will plead for his release before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday.

Kelly was indicted on federal charges of child p0rnography, trafficking, and aggravated sexual abuse. He was taken into federal custody in July 2019.

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R. Kelly was viciously attacked by another inmate who jumped the famed R&B singer in his Chicago jail cell, TMZ reports.

Federal law enforcement sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ the incident occurred inside the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago.

Kelly, 53, was sitting on his bed when another inmate walked into his unlocked cell and started punching him.

TMZ sources say the younger inmate went on the attack because he was angry about the detention facility being placed on lock down due to Kelly protesters outside the jail.

The fight didn't last long, and it's unclear if another inmate or guards broke it up. Our sources say Kelly was examined by a doctor, who determined the singer was okay, no broken bones or serious injuries.

A spokesperson for the Federal Bureau Of Prisons tells TMZ, it cannot comment on an individual inmate's conditions of confinement or medical status due to privacy and safety reasons.

Kelly's attorney, Steven Greenberg declined to discuss the incident with the gossip tabloid, and said Kelly's been a model inmate.

The "I Believe I Can Fly" singer was arrested in 2019 and charged with multiple counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of minors.

He turned himself in at the Cook County Jail, and the facility's 6,100 inmates was on lockdown whenever Kelly was on the move there.

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Questlove and his band The Roots are in hot water after singer Jaguar Wright claims they were in the studio when R. Kelly seduced young girls a backroom.

In a livestream video, Wright, 43, claimed Questlove, real name Ahmir Thompson, was in a Philadelphia studio when the disgraced R&B singer seduced young girls in a back room.

In a video captioned, "Threatening me? I'm ready," Wright expressed regret for not speaking out about Kelly's alleged inappropriate behavior with young girls.

"Do you know how responsible I feel for all the women that I let get hurt because I didn't say nothing," she said.

"Look at R. Kelly... The Roots was around when that ni--a was in the A room, sending his mf driver off to go get girls..."

Wright went on to say "a member of The Roots" specifically told her to mind her own business if she wanted to keep her career.

The studio is about 5 miles from Simon Gratz High School, one of the schools mentioned by Wright in her video.

Kelly, 53, is currently in a Chicago detention facility awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

Questlove, the 49-year-old famed drummer for The Roots who served as in-house band for The Tonight Show, was among the celebrities who opted out of Lifetime's documentary series, Surviving R. Kelly, last year.

At the time, Questlove claimed he was being asked to acknowledge Kelly's "genius" as the reason for his refusal to appear in the documentary produced by journalist dream hampton.

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Wright shocked fans of rapper Common when she alleged he tried to sexually assault her while she was on tour with him.

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Patrick Jones served nearly half of a 30-year term for a non-violent drug conviction. He wrote a heartbreaking letter to a judge pleading with him to let him out so he could spend time with his wayward 16-year-old son.

Jones was sentenced to serve his time at the Federal Correctional Institute in Oakdale, Louisiana when his son was a baby.

Jones begged for a second chance to prove to the teenager and to society that he was more than just a number. "It is just a number to be forgotten in time," Jones wrote in a letter dated October 15.

The 49-year-old described himself as a "very good person. Caring, hardworking, free and clean of drugs and a lot smarter now, with a balanced outlook on life."

Just two days before Jones died of a reported coronavirus-related illness, Attorney General William Barr wrote a letter to the Federal Bureau of Prisons' Director Michael Carvajal instructing him to transfer non-violent, at-risk inmates to home confinement.

Prison reform activists say Jones's plea was ignored because he is Black.

Similar requests for compassionate release were made by other Black inmates and detainees, including singer R. Kelly and rapper YNW Melly, who claims he is dying from coronavirus in a Florida jail where he is awaiting trial on double murder charges.

Both Kelly and Melly's requests were denied.

On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of Jones and other non-violent inmates who died in prison during the coronavirus outbreak.

"There is no time to spare," says the lawsuit.