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Judgment in New York: R. Kelly has to pay for the treatment costs of victims


Former pop star R. Kelly has been convicted of sex crimes. Now a US judge decided: He must reimburse two of his victims money - for psychological care and for the treatment of herpes diseases.

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R. Kelly in Chicago in June 2019


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The ex-pop star R. Kelly, who has already been convicted twice of sex crimes, has to pay the treatment costs for several victims by order of a New York judge.

Two victims are said to be reimbursed by the former musician for psychological treatment and treatment for herpes diseases that Kelly transmitted to them.

Judge Ann Donnelly determined this on Wednesday (local time), as the court in New York announced.

For one victim, these costs amount to around $300,000.

For the other, they would still have to be calculated precisely.

The judge dismissed the claims of a third victim.

At the trial in New York at the end of June, Kelly was also sentenced to 30 years in prison for, among other things, sexual abuse of minors.

In mid-September, the "I Believe I Can Fly" singer was also found guilty in a trial in Chicago.

A jury found it proven that the 55-year-old had had sex with minors and produced child pornography.

The proceedings are - after cases like those of film producer Harvey Weinstein and comedian Bill Cosby - another much-noticed legal workup in the MeToo era.

The first allegations against the musician, born Robert Sylvester Kelly in Chicago in 1967, were made around 25 years ago.

But Kelly remained at large for a long time.

With more than 50 million albums sold, several Grammys and other awards, he was one of the most successful musicians of the late 20th century.

But at the latest when the sensational documentary "Surviving R. Kelly" summarized the allegations in 2019, the singer became more and more lonely.

Stars distanced themselves from him, as well as radio stations, streaming services and then his music label RCA, which belongs to Sony Music.


Source: spiegel

All life articles on 2022-09-29

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