September 27, 2021 R. Kelly verdict news

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Jurors have found R&B singer R. Kelly guilty of racketeering and sex trafficking charges. View the verdict news.
Jurors have found R&B singer R. Kelly guilty of racketeering, including acts of bribery and sexual exploitation of a child, along with separate charges of sex trafficking.

Racketeering became a federal crime in 1970 under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, and the charge is best known as a tool to prosecute organized crime that affects interstate commerce. At the center of any racketeering case is the "enterprise," the group entity carrying out the illegal conduct, such as the mafia.

In this case, the enterprise is Kelly and his entourage, as well as his "managers, bodyguards, drivers, personal assistants and runners," according to the superseding indictment. Kelly is described as the leader of the enterprise.

"The purposes of the Enterprise were to promote R. Kelly's music and the R. Kelly brand, to recruit women and girls to engage in illegal sexual activity with Kelly and to produce pornography, including child pornography," the indictment states.

Kelly's defense attorney has criticized this aspect of the case against…
By Veronica Rocha, Mike Hayes, Melissa Macaya and Meg Wagner, CNN, Veronica Rocha, Mike Hayes, Melissa Macaya and Meg Wagner, CNN
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