R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison for racketeering and sex trafficking. In a letter sent by his attorneys to the court recently disclosed that he is destitute after losing his $900 million fortune due to financial exploitation.
R. Kelly's lawyers put the issue on the line in a letter to the judge just days before the singers' sex trafficking sentence. They said he was the true victim of the case. Radar Online has obtained a copy of Kelly's lawyers' bombshell letter to the judge from June 13. The disgraced singer's lawyer outlined many reasons why she thinks her client should not have the book thrown at him. Prosecutors sought a sentence of at least 25 years in prison
The letter, which was sent before the sentence was handed down, stated that Kelly was a 55-year-old African American man with diabetes and other health issues. According to the authors, the sentence would not be extended until his 80th birthday.
The jury's verdict that [Kelly] was guilty of serious crimes is undisputed, but the government's portrayal of [Kelly] as a monster preying on young people is neither accurate nor fair.
Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston remained as Kelly's previous collaborations in an attempt to portray Kelly as a successful musician.
Robert Kelly is a musician who has been dubbed a rags-to-riches artist by the government and the media. He has composed and produced music for celebrated artists like Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. His story is extremely relevant to this Court's objective of defining a correct sentence for him.
Kelly faced a difficult past that included severe, prolonged childhood sexual abuse, poverty, and violence. His victimization lasted until he reached adulthood, where, due to his literacy difficulties, he was frequently defrauded and financially abused, according to the letter.
Kellys attorney asserted that the singer is functionally illiterate. The singer's inability to read and write was a significant source of shame and embarrassment that continues to this day, according to the letter. Kellys doctor submitted a report stating that the convicted offender had an IG level of a first-grader. Then his lawyer revealed that Kelly once had a $900 million fortune.
Kellys' literacy deficiencies have resulted in frequent victimization in adulthood. He has been financially exploited throughout his adult life. At one point in his career, he was told he was worth $900 million; he is now depressed.