R. Kelly Convicted of Multiple Child Porn and Seduction Charges, Acquitted of Others, Report Says

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Kelly was convicted of three of four counts of child pornography and acquitted of conspiracy to obstruct justice charges at his 2008 trial that stemmed from a 2002 state case.

He was also convicted of three of five counts of enticing a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity.

Jennifer Bonjean, Kelly’s attorney, said her client had a “sense of relief” that this case was over, and felt that prosecutors had overstated their case against him. Bonjean said that she is considering filing an appeal.

“There was a mixed verdict, but we won more charges than we lost,” Bonjean said outside court after the verdict. “If this jury found him guilty on the first three counts, would they care enough to consider the evidence on the rest? And they showed that they did. They did their job. They looked at each count separately.”

Jurors deliberated for about 10 hours after hearing three weeks of testimony, including from a woman who testified anonymously that Kelly sexually assaulted her and recorded the interactions when she was just 14 years old.

The woman was one of five minors prosecutors allege Kelly sexually abused in the late 1990s by making explicit videos with four of them.

Kelly’s co-defendants, former partners Derrel McDavid and Milton Brown, were acquitted of all charges they faced.

McDavid, Kelly’s former accountant and business manager, was charged with conspiracy to receive child pornography, receipt of child pornography and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Brown, a former assistant to Kelly, was charged with conspiracy to receive child pornography. They both pleaded not guilty.

Vadim Glozman and Beau Brindley, attorneys for McDavid, praised the verdict in a statement to CNN.

“The jury found out what we knew all along. The government presented a case that should never have been presented. It was based on the word of proven liars,” the lawyers said. “We put them in front of the jury and the jury made the right decision.”

CNN has reached out to attorneys for Kelly and Brown for comment.

Victim testified about sexual abuse

One of the witnesses at trial, a 37-year-old woman, spoke in federal court under the pseudonym Jane and testified that Kelly began having sex with her when she was 14 and had sex with her when she was 15. They had sex “hundreds” of times before she turned 18, she said.

Victim of R. Kelly testifies 20 years later about sexual abuse, including some recorded on video, which allegedly began when she was only 14 years old

Jane testified that she met Kelly through her aunt, Sparkle, who worked with R. Kelly and was in a romantic relationship with him. Jane was 12 or 13 years old when she met the singer.

At the time, Jane traveled the world with a Christian hip-hop group whose members were her cousins. Prosecutors asked her not to name the group to protect her identity.

Shortly after they met, Jane said that she started spending more time with Kelly and Sparkle. She watched Kelly and Sparkle record music and talked about basketball and music with Kelly. Jane testified that she was 13 years old when Sparkle suggested that she ask Kelly to play a larger role in her life.

Jane testified that Kelly became her best man, at which point her parents felt comfortable letting her spend the night or even the weekend at their home, without her parents or aunt present.

“They would practically leave me and then go away,” Jane testified.

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Jane said she was 14 when her relationship with Kelly turned sexual and that she lost her virginity to him when she was 15.

When the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services began investigating an allegation that Kelly was having a sexual relationship with Jane in April 2000 when she was 15 years old, Jane testified that she denied the relationship. She also testified that she later denied to Chicago police investigators that she and Kelly had a sexual relationship.

Jane, her parents and Kelly got together for a meeting when reports began to surface in 2002 about the existence of a tape showing the couple engaging in sexual acts. She said that Kelly admitted to them that she was having a sexual relationship with her daughter.

Jane and her father received subpoenas to testify before a grand jury in 2002. Jane testified that before appearing before the grand jury, she had a conversation with Kelly about “loyalty” and “denying our relationship and the sex tape.”

Jane testified that she lied to a grand jury in 2002 when she denied having a sexual relationship and appearing in sex videos with the singer.

CNN’s Amir Vera contributed to this report.

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