R. Kelly Trial Live Updates: Kelly Led a 'Criminal Enterprise' To Recruit Girls at Concerts, U.S. Attorney Says

Live Updates

The jury in the trial against R. Kelly found the singer guilty on all counts Monday after deliberating for less than nine hours total. The verdict came after six weeks of testimonies from the singer's accusers, former employees and other witnesses.

Kelly, 54, was found guilty of racketeering, a conviction encompassing multiple acts that included sexual exploitation of a child, bribery and forced labor. The singer was also convicted on multiple counts of violating the Mann Act, which forbids moving anyone across state lines "for any immoral purpose."

Many commended the conviction, including one victim who said in a statement read aloud by attorney Gloria Allred that she can now live free of fear. Deveraux Cannick, an attorney for Kelly, told reporters outside the courthouse that the singer "was not anticipating" the guilty verdict and that he was "sure" they would be appealing.

The live updates for this event have ended.

R. Kelly Verdict Forthcoming
The jury in R. Kelly's trial read their verdict Monday and found the singer guilty on all counts. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on September 17, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Antonia Perez/Pool via Getty Images

Federal agent calls Kelly "a prolific serial predator"

Peter Fitzhugh, Homeland Security Investigations special agent-in-charge of this case, called R. Kelly a "prolific serial predator."

He told reporters outside of the courtroom that he hopes this verdict will begin the healing process for the victims.

However, he noted that it is more appropriate to call Kelly's victims "survivors" because they "refuse to be victims any longer."

"The brave survivors who overcame Mr. Kelly's abuse deserve our utmost respect for telling their stories and bringing an end to his 30-year reign of terror over the young and vulnerable," he said in a statement from the U.S. Attorney's office.

R. Kelly Racketeering Convictions Include Bribery, Sexual Exploitation

The host of racketeering charges R. Kelly was convicted of Monday include acts of bribery, sexual exploitation of a child and forced labor, according to a breakdown of the charges included in a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York.

The one act of bribery spoke of an instance where Kelly paid a state employee to create an identification card for a 15-year-old victim referred to as Jane Doe #1 so he could marry her. The pseudonym likely refers to singer Aaliyah, who the release said Kelly believed to be pregnant and would need to marry him so he could stay out of jail.

The acts of sexual exploitation of a child refer to three other unnamed victims, who the press release says were coerced by Kelly into engaging in sexual conduct that he recorded via video.

As for the forced labor acts, three unnamed victims, some overlapping with other racketeering violations, were forced under the threat of physical harm or in physical restraints to perform sexually for Kelly,

The breakdown of racketeering acts also detail several violations by Kelly of the Mann Act, which forbids moving anyone across state lines "for any immoral purpose."

"R. Kelly" Convicted of All Counts by a Federal Jury in Brooklyn https://t.co/VxFhLEkrbg (Announced with @HSINewYork)

— US Attorney EDNY (@EDNYnews) September 27, 2021

Kelly and his entourage recruited victims at concerts, U.S. Attorney says

According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's office, R. Kelly was the leader of a "criminal enterprise" that recruited victims at concerts for nearly three decades.

The "Enterprise" consisted of Kelly and his entourage of managers, bodyguards, accountants, drivers, personal assistants and runners.

"As the leader of the Enterprise, Kelly used his fame to recruit women and girls to engage in illegal sexual activity with him," the statement said.

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Kelly identified these girls and women at concerts and directed members of the Enterprise to escort them backstage after his performances.

Kelly would then exchange contact information with victims so the Enterprise could arrange travel and lodging for them to visit Kelly and "engage in the charged illegal sexual conduct."

Celebrities share reaction to Kelly verdict on Twitter

Celebrities took to Twitter to share their reactions to R. Kelly's conviction Monday.

Actress Patricia Arquette offered her support to Kelly's victims.

"May R. Kelly's victims find some measure of relief," she wrote. "The victims who came forward were so brave."

May R.Kelly’s victims find some measure of relief. So many people damaged for such a long time. The victims who came forward were so brave. #SurvivingRKelly

— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) September 27, 2021

Singer Rebecca Ferguson was outraged with those who enabled Kelly and "turned a blind eye" to Kelly's predatory behavior.

"You people still worked with him? You turned a blind eye? And now you'll clap at his demise misogyny at it's finest!" she tweeted.

R Kelly ? He married Aaliyah when she was 15? He was peeing on teenage girls yet he was still allowed to keep his career? You people still worked with him? You turned a blind eye ? And now you’ll clap at his demise misogyny at it’s finest! This is why I campaign #RKelly

— Rebecca Ferguson (@RebeccaFMusic) September 27, 2021

Actress and activist Mia Farrow tweeted simply, "Another monster will stay in prison."

Another monster will stay in prison. #RKelly #GUILTY

— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) September 27, 2021

R. Kelly Still Faces Additional Sexual Abuse Charges in Chicago

After Monday's guilty verdict by a federal jury in Brooklyn for R. Kelly, the singer still faces four pending sexual abuse indictments in Chicago's Leighton Criminal Court Building, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Kelly will also go on trial in Chicago's federal courthouse as prosecutors allege that he and two others fixed the 2008 Cook County trial that acquitted him in a child pornography case.

The singer also faces a solicitation case in a Minnesota state court, the Tribune reported.

U.S. attorney tells Kelly victims "your voices were finally heard"

Members of the prosecution team spoke with reporters outside of the courtroom following R Kelly's conviction.

"This verdict will forever brand Kelly as a predator who used his fame and fortune to prey on the young, vulnerable and voiceless for his own sexual gratification," Acting U.S. Attorney for Eastern District of New York Jacquelyn Kasulis said.

She said that Kelly "used his inner circle to ensnare underage girls, young men and women for decades."

Kasulis also commended the courage of the victims who testified in court.

"To the victims, your voices were heard and justice was finally heard," she said. "No one deserves what they experienced at his hands or the threats and harassment they faced in telling the truth about what happened to them."

She added that the entire prosecution team hopes the verdict "brings comfort and closure to the victims."

"This conviction was not possible without your bravery," she said.

U.S. Attorney Speaks After R. Kelly Case
Jacquelyn Kasulis, the acting U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn in the case against R&B star R. Kelly, speaks to the media after a federal jury in Brooklyn announced it found Kelly guilty of racketeering and sex trafficking charges after two days of jury deliberations in the federal trial against the performer on September 27, 2021 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

R. Kelly Supporters 'Not Giving Up,' Play His Music Outside Courthouse

Following the reading of R. Kelly's guilty verdict, supporters of the singer gathered outside the courthouse to play his music and declare that they would not stop backing him.

"We're not giving up," one supporter was seen yelling repeatedly.

Pilar Menendez, a reporter for the Daily Beast who tweeted a video of the gathering, wrote in the caption that two of the supporters said that Kelly's conviction resulted from government corruption.

R. Kelly Lawyer 'Sure' Appeal is Coming After Guilty Verdict

Deveraux Cannick, an attorney for R. Kelly, said that the singer "was not anticipating" the guilty verdict reached by the federal jury Monday.

However, while speaking to reporters outside the Brooklyn courthouse where Kelly's trial took place over the last six weeks, he said that a challenge would be coming for his conviction

"I'm sure we'll be appealing," he said.

R. Kelly Victim Says She Can Live Free of Fear After Singer's Conviction

In a statement read aloud by attorney Gloria Allred, a client thanked the jury and prosecutors in R. Kelly's case for his conviction, saying that she can now live free of fear.

The victim, who wasn't identified, said in the statement that she had been hiding from Kelly "due to threats made against me," but thanked those responsible for his conviction for "helping me get out from under the rock I stayed under for too long."

She urged more victims to come forward, promising that it will fee like "a weight has been lifted off your shoulders."

Gloria Allred Calls R. Kelly 'the Worst' of Any 'Sexual Predators' She's Prosecuted

Following the reading of R. Kelly's verdict Monday, attorney Gloria Allred said the singer was "the worst" of any "sexual predators" she has been involved in prosecuting.

She commended clients of hers who agreed to tell their stories during the trial

"I am very proud of my clients who agreed to testify in this case," Allred said.

R. Kelly Convicted on All Counts, Did Not React to Verdict

R. Kelly was convicted on all counts upon the jury's reading of their verdict Monday, leaving the singer to face potential decades in prison. Kelly did not show any reaction to the verdict while it was read.

The singer was charged with sexual exploitation of a child, bribery, kidnapping, forced labor, sexual trafficking across state lines and racketeering for six victims.

The singer faced charges regarding multiple breaches of the Mann Act, which forbids moving anyone across state lines "for any immoral purpose." Kelly was found guilty of one count of racketeering and eight counts of violating the Mann Act.

R. Kelly Convicted of Racketeering, Could Serve Decades in Prison

R. Kelly was convicted of racketeering by a federal jury in Brooklyn after six weeks of trial and nine hours of deliberation from the jury.

The singer could face decades in prison if found guilty of additional charges leveraged against him.

R. Kelly has been convicted of racketeering by a federal jury in Brooklyn

— US Attorney EDNY (@EDNYnews) September 27, 2021