Wednesday, December 8

The conviction of R. Kelly | News

Warning: this episode contains a discussion about sexual abuse.

For more than 20 years, R&B star R Kelly has been haunted by serious and persistent accusations of kidnapping, emotional abuse and sexual violence, many of them against underage girls. He was tried once before, in 2008, when he was acquitted of charges of child sexual abuse images for a video that, according to the prosecution, showed him with a 13-year-old girl. enormously powerful star for years. But now a court has heard dozens of witnesses accuse him of misconduct, detailing allegations that include allegations of rape and false imprisonment. Kelly was convicted of racketeering and sex trafficking offenses earlier this week. You can face life in prison.

With two other trials pending, on charges denied by Kelly, many who have fought to bring him to justice believe they are finally seeing him for what they say he is: a violent serial sexual predator who preyed on black girls. vulnerable and used his power, status and money to silence them. But even as the women of color who testified against him celebrate the verdict, new questions arise about how it was empowered by the music industry, who benefited from its success, and how the media, the police and the system criminal justice authorities failed to do so. ask him to account.

In this episode, Nosheen Iqbal is accompanied by the Guardian US reporter Lauren aratani, who has reported on the case in New York. And she talks to Jim DeRogatis, the music critic who was briefed on the allegations against Kelly in 2000, wrote the first major story detailing the allegations against him and has followed the story ever since.

• In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can be contacted by calling 116 123 or by emailing [email protected] or [email protected] In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Line is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the Lifeline Crisis Helpline is 13 11 14. Other international helplines can be found at

• Information and support for anyone affected by problems of rape or sexual abuse is available from the following organizations. In the United Kingdom, Rape crisis offers support on 0808 802 9999. In the US, Rainn offers support at 800-656-4673. In Australia, support is available at 1800 Respect (1800 737 732). Other international helplines can be found at

• In the UK, if you are concerned that a child you know is at risk of abuse or need advice, please contact NSPCC on your website or on their helpline, 0808 800 5000.

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R Kelly in 2019.

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