R. Kelly is sentenced to 30 years in prison
Disgraced R&B star R Kelly was sentenced on Wednesday to 30 years in prison.
He was sentenced in New York by Federal Judge Ann Donnelly, who spoke in detail before the sentence was issued.
At one point, she cited the victim impact statement of a woman known in court as Stephanie, who told Kelly, "There was no price too high for someone else to pay for your happiness. "
"This case is not about sex," the judge said. "It's about violence, brutality and control."
Donnelly acknowledged the points made by the defence, including that Kelly suffered a very difficult childhood with her sister and sexual abuse at the hands of a landowner.
However, he continued, "You are a man who had many advantages – worldwide fame and celebrity, untold money.
Kelly herself declined to address the court.
His attorney cited pending cases: a second federal trial in Illinois, to begin August 15, and separate criminal charges in Minnesota.
The charges include child pornography and obstruction of justice.
Last year, Kelly was found guilty of charges including sexual exploitation of a child, racketeering, bribery and sex trafficking.