Not going to lie, this is a hard one to write. We have seen similar type cases over the years, haven’t we? Beloved artists are accused of heinous crimes, usually sexual in nature.
Often however, we overlook or try to just ignore these things. I know I don’t have to mention Michael Jackson, right? Elvis Presley was a well-known womanizer. Chuck Berry married his 14-year-old cousin. David Bowie famously had “relationships” with numerous underage girls. The sleaze and bad behavior are legendary. However, much is ignored or glossed over by time and fame.
Well, in 2022 the clock has run out on one famous hit maker. Let’s see what CNN has to say:
Disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday following his conviction last year on federal racketeering and sex trafficking charges stemming from his efforts over years to use his fame to ensnare victims he sexually abused.
This is truly a tawdry story. Make no mistake, R Kelly is a scumbag. Pretty much anyone that has followed his career knows this already. Since the 90’s it has been widely known that Kelly favors ladies a bit on the young side, to be polite. Yuck.
BREAKING: R&B singer R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for using his superstardom to subject young fans — some just children — to systematic sexual abuse. https://t.co/63L9C6w8xq
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 29, 2022
What most of us casual fans didn’t know was the extent to which his depravity reached.
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A jury convicted Kelly last September on nine counts, including one charge of racketeering and eight counts of violations of the Mann Act, a sex trafficking law. Prosecutors from the Eastern District of New York accused Kelly of using his status as a celebrity and a “network of people at his disposal to target girls, boys and young women for his own sexual gratification.”
It’s truly horrific stuff. Anyone using a position of power to help fulfill their dark desires deserves what they eventually get legally, even high-profile celebrities like Kelly.
There is much evidence that Kelly was sexually abused, and had a horrific childhood himself, that ultimately triggered much of his behavior, but at what point do we hold people accountable for their own actions? Looks like Kelly found that point.