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What we cognize astir the assemblage that convicted R. Kelly

Moments ago, a national assemblage successful Brooklyn, New York, announced it found R&B vocalist R. Kelly blameworthy of racketeering and enactment trafficking charges.

The assemblage was made up of 7 men and 5 women. The began deliberating connected Friday day and continued contiguous earlier returning their verdict.

Throughout the trial, the jurors were the lone members of the nationalist allowed wrong the tribunal room — an antithetic determination for a proceedings of this magnitude. The nationalist and media had been incapable to ticker successful person, and instead, those who wanted to ticker the proceedings were funneled into overflow courtrooms connected a antithetic floor.

Jurors were shown cardinal audio and video grounds that nary 1 other was capable to see: Journalists and the nationalist could not rise their objections with the justice arsenic prosecutors began showing the grounds to the jurors, who were wearing headphones.

The recordings — which US District Judge Ann Donnelly described successful tribunal arsenic "somewhat upsetting" — were shown to jurors connected Sept. 15. The nationalist could not spot jurors' reactions to them and did not cognize what they contained, speech from 2 recordings discussed successful a Sept. 14 filing from prosecutors.

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A look backmost astatine immoderate cardinal moments from R. Kelly's five-week trial

From CNN's Sonia Moghe

Fifty prosecution and defence witnesses took the basal during the five-week trial, including victims who were identified arsenic "Jane Does" successful Kelly's indictments. There were 45 prosecution witnesses.

Jane Doe 1 was the vocalist Aaliyah, who died successful 2001.

Jurors heard from aggregate witnesses who were contiguous astatine her matrimony to Kelly connected August 31, 1994, erstwhile helium was 27 and she was 15. Prosecutors showed copies of the couple's matrimony licence application, which listed Aaliyah's property arsenic 18 astatine the clip of their wedding, arsenic good arsenic their matrimony licence and matrimony certification.

Kelly's erstwhile circuit manager, Demetrius Smith, testified reluctantly that helium bribed a idiosyncratic astatine a payment bureau successful the Chicago country to make a payment ID for Aaliyah.

"I made her (the payment bureau worker) an connection and she took the money," Smith testified. "I gave her $500."

While the ID did not database Aaliyah's day of birth, an Illinois authoritative testified connected September 15 that, generally, a idiosyncratic has to beryllium astatine slightest 18 to get that peculiar benignant of ID.

Nathan Edmond, a curate who joined the two, spoke publically for the archetypal time about the matrimony portion testifying Sept. 1 said helium met the mates the time helium joined them.

"I didn't deliberation it was anybody special. I didn't recognize it astatine all," Edmond testified.

Jurors besides heard from a pistillate who identified herself lone arsenic Stephanie, who said she met Kelly astatine an lawsuit successful Chicago successful 1999 erstwhile she was 17, and that helium yet invited her to his studio.

"I retrieve him asking maine my age," Stephanie testified. "When I said I was 17, helium said it was fine."

Stephanie testified that Kelly sexually abused her erstwhile she was 17, and recorded them having sex. He paid for her question to Florida to conscionable him connected her 18th day and she stopped speaking with him soon aft the trip. She described fearing his aggravated outbursts, saying helium would outcry astatine her successful nationalist places.

A erstwhile vigor intern who identified herself arsenic Sonja testified that Kelly invited her to question to Chicago to interrogation him astatine his workplace successful 2003 erstwhile she was 21 and that erstwhile she arrived, an worker enactment her successful a country that Sonja rapidly realized was "locked from the outside." She said she was kept successful the country for respective days, occasionally fto retired to spell to the bath and shower.

"The doorway was locked. I wanted to get out," Sonja testified.

Sonja testified she mislaid consciousness aft eating her archetypal repast successful days and saw Kelly adjusting his pants erstwhile she woke up. She testified that she believed helium sexually assaulted her erstwhile she was unconscious.

"I was sexually assaulted," Sonja testified. "There was thing successful maine that wasn't wanted."

Read much astir however the proceedings unfolded here.

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R. Kelly volition beryllium sentenced connected May 4

R&B vocalist R. Kelly volition beryllium sentenced connected May 4 successful transportation with racketeering and enactment trafficking charges.

A jury, made up of 7 men and 5 women, recovered him blameworthy contiguous successful national court. They began deliberating on Friday afternoon.

An lawyer for Kelly said the lawyer is considering filing an entreaty and is disappointed successful the verdict.

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R. Kelly recovered blameworthy of racketeering and enactment trafficking

R. Kelly attends a proceeding  successful  Chicago, successful  2019. R. Kelly attends a proceeding successful Chicago, successful 2019. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune/TNS/Sipa USA)

R&B vocalist R. Kelly has been convicted of racketeering and enactment trafficking charges by a national assemblage successful Brooklyn, New York.

In this national lawsuit successful the Eastern District of New York, Kelly faced a full of 9 counts — 1 number of racketeering, with 14 underlying acts that included intersexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping, bribery, and enactment trafficking charges and besides faced 8 further counts of violations of the Mann Act, a enactment trafficking law.

The jury, made up of 7 men and 5 women, began deliberating on Friday afternoon.

In all, Kelly could look decades successful situation astatine sentencing.

The verdict comes 13 years aft Kelly, whose afloat sanction is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was acquitted of kid pornography charges astatine an Illinois authorities trial.

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Jury reaches a verdict successful R. Kelly's racketeering and enactment trafficking trial

From CNN's Sonia Moghe 

R. Kelly sits with his defence  attorneys successful  tribunal  connected  Monday, September 20. R. Kelly sits with his defence attorneys successful tribunal connected Monday, September 20. (Elizabeth Williams/AP)

Jurors person reached a verdict successful the proceedings against R&B vocalist R. Kelly. The verdict is expected to beryllium work soon.

Kelly has been connected proceedings successful New York for 1 number of racketeering, with 14 underlying acts that included intersexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping, bribery, and enactment trafficking charges. He was besides charged with 8 further counts of violations of the Mann Act, a enactment trafficking law.

The jury, made up of 7 men and 5 women, began deliberating connected Friday of past week.

In all, Kelly could look decades successful situation if recovered guilty.

The verdict comes 13 years aft Kelly, whose afloat sanction is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was acquitted of kid pornography charges astatine an Illinois authorities trial.

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A timeline of the lawsuit against R. Kelly

From CNN's Lisa Respers France

Accusations of abuse, manipulation and inappropriate encounters with girls and young women person been astir — and vehemently denied — by R&B vocalist R. Kelly for decades.

Click present for a afloat timeline:

A timeline of the lawsuit  against R. Kelly

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