Jury Deliberating Two Charges in R. Kelly Federal Trial

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After about one month in court, the jury in R. Kelly's federal trial is deliberating on charges of racketeering and violating the Mann Act.

In the high-profile federal trial for singer R. Kelly, the jury is now deliberating the charges and deciding his fate after nearly one month of court proceedings.  

Kelly faces charges of racketeering and Mann Act violations. Under the racketeering charge lay 14 individual acts. The jury only needs to find him guilty of at least two acts to confirm the racketeering charge. The Mann Act bans sex trafficking across state lines and the singer faces eight violations.  

The singer first faced allegations of child sex abuse and acts of sexual violence more than 25 years ago. He was sued multiple times and faced 21 counts of making child pornography in 2002 in Chicago and he was found not guilty.  

RELATED: BNC Exclusive: R. Kelly’s Brother Defends Him, Says Accusers Are Lying  

More charges surfaced throughout the years and in 2019, the documentary series Surviving R. Kelly was released on lifetime. It featured testimony from many of the singer’s accusers and their families.  

According to The New York Times, despite the outcome of the federal trial in Brooklyn, the singer faces charges and indictments from other states. He faces federal child pornography, criminal sexual abuse and obstruction charges in Chicago and possible charges in Minnesota.  

The singer has denied all allegations of wrongdoing.  

BNC and BNC GO will have live coverage of the verdict.  

If you or someone you know is struggling from trauma triggered by this story, resources are available here.  

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