The disgraced musician, R. Kelly, was found guilty on all charges of sex trafficking, sexual abuse and racketeering. He is facing a lifetime of prison for his crimes. Although Hollywood and the music industry have denounced him, R. Kelly still has supporters that are cheering him on.
The verdict was given this Monday where he was found guilty of sexually abusing multiple women, boys and girls over a span of twenty years.
The disturbing allegations were all found to be true. But R. Kelly’s fans are showcasing the worst of fan and “stan” mentality
Outside the Brooklyn’s Federal District Court in New York City where he was sentenced to a lifetime of prison, his fans and supporters gathered to show his unwavering loyalty to R. Kelly. HuffPost Journalist Alanna Vagianos shared a video of R. Kelly’s fans saying they will never give up on the singer.
There appears to be a woman repeatedly chanting a slogan,
“We’re not giving up on R. Kelly!”Fan supporter of R. Kelly
Shockingly, the dedication to the fallen musician by his supporters has been there since he was arrested for these charges back in 2019. Even though they refuse to believe he is guilty, the court finds differently. There was a substantial amount of evidence against R. Kelly that has been proven.
For racketeering, the musician was charged with violating the Mann Act. The Mann Act forbids the transport of girls (of any age) in between States for unethical reasons. The court also got to hear the event when R. Kelly fabricated papers to change the age of a 15-year-old girl, Aaliyah, in order to marry her. Unfortunately, Aaliah tragically died in a plane crash in August 2001 when she was twenty-two years old.
When the verdict was final, the Acting U.S. Attorney Jacquelyn M. Kasulis, said that ‘justice was finally served’
“Today’s guilty verdict forever brands R. Kelly as a predator, who used his fame and fortune to prey on the young, the vulnerable, and the voiceless for his own sexual gratification.”Jacquelyn M. Kasulis
R. Kelly’s lawyer Deveraux Cannick was not happy with the final verdict:
“The government cherry-picked their version that they thought would support the continuation of the narrative. Why would he expect this verdict given all the inconsistencies that we saw?”Deveraux Cannick
It seems like some fans will be loyal to some celebrities, no matter how heinous their crimes. Before R. Kelly, the musician that faced sexual misconduct allegations was Michael Jackson. Jackson still had millions of fans, despite the allegations.