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As one of the most well-known R&B artists of the 1990s and 2000s, R. Kelly was found guilty last week in a federal court of his involvement in a business that sought to recruit young women and girls for sexual exploitation. Racketeering and eight violations of the Mann Act, a sex trafficking felony, were found guilty of.
Fans and the media have been debating the allegations of Kelly’s inappropriate sexual behaviour for well over two decades. Child pornography accusations were brought against him, but he was acquitted. New reporting on his abusive behaviour and a documentary about his victims have changed the public perception of Kelly in recent years. Several victims and those associated with the singer have come forward to testify against him.
There will be a discussion on Kelly’s trial and its significance as well as the long — and ongoing — quest for recompense of his victims on this week’s Popcast.
Law enforcement and criminal justice correspondent Troy Closson for the New York Times
For more than two decades, Jim DeRogatis has been reporting about R. Kelly’s alleged misdeeds for a variety of sites, including Buzzfeed, the Chicago Sun-Times, and The New Yorker.
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