Robert Sylvester Kelly is an American singer, songwriter and producer, whom many people refer to as “the king of pop-soul” and “the king of R&B”. He was once a celebrity to be idolized but his recent convictions has revealed another side of him.
His popular song “I believe I can fly”, won 3 Grammy awards in 1998 and it was one of the most popular gospel songs. However, R. Kelly’s case has shown once again that even celebrities are not saints. Some people often idolize celebrities and they always expect them to be flawless, while forgetting they are also human.
In the autobiography he wrote in 2012, Kelly discussed how his father was never around to train him. He lived with his mother and his siblings while growing up and on many occasions, he was sexually abused by grown ups. According to Kelly, at the tender age of 8 and 14, he was sexually abused by an older female family member.
He also stated that he was sexually abused by an older man when he was 10 years old. He couldn’t tell anyone about his ordeal because he was so scared. Nobody deserved to be abused and it came as a surprise to know that Kelly would be the perpetrator of such hideous act, after everything he went through while growing up.
Kelly was charged and arrested in 2019, for child pornography and abuse. In September 2021, he was found guilty of all counts in sex trafficking trial. He will definitely be facing a long jail term after he was found guilty of all counts. The disgraced singer went from being an idol to a sex offender.
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