Disgraced singer R Kelly may be sentenced to pay over $300,000 (£276,000) to one of the victims of his elaborate scheme to sexually exploit young aspiring singers and underage children.
US District Judge Ann Connelly’s pending restitution order is intended to cover the patient’s treatment costs for herpes and psychotherapy.
The victim, who remains anonymous, has accused the singer of giving her the sexually transmitted disease during one of their encounters.
Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison in June after being convicted by a jury last year on multiple racketeering charges related to bribery and forced labor.
Earlier this month, he was also convicted on multiple child pornography and sexual abuse charges in his hometown of Chicago.
The Grammy winner was found guilty on three counts of child pornography and three counts of child seduction.
But the jury acquitted him on a fourth count of pornography and conspiracy to obstruct justice, and accused him of tampering with his state child pornography trial in 2008.
He appeared Wednesday at the hearing in a Brooklyn federal court via video link from the Chicago jail.
At his sentencing, Kelly was branded “the Pied Piper of R&B” as he confronted several of his victims, who detailed his “regrettable and inexplicable” abuse that took place over decades.
The singer, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is known for songs like his debut number one single “Bump N’ Grind” and the 1996 hit “I Believe I Can Fly.”
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The latter became an inspirational anthem played at graduations, weddings, in advertisements and elsewhere, including the inauguration of former US President Barack Obama in 2008.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/r-kelly-may-be-ordered-to-pay-over-276000-for-treatment-for-one-of-his-victims-42025507.html R Kelly may be fined over £276,000 for treating one of his victims