R. Kelly convicted of sex trafficking and racketeering in federal court 09/27/2021 12:47 pm PDT Comments WPIX NEW YORK (TCD) -- The now-disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly was convicted of racketeering Monday in a federal court in Brooklyn. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York announced the news in a tweet just after 3:15 p.m. Eastern time. Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was charged with crimes in July 2019 that the U.S. Attorney’s Office said occurred over the course of 20 years. According to a statement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York at the time, the charges were "racketeering predicated on criminal conduct including sexual exploitation of children, kidnapping, forced labor and Mann Act violations involving the coercion and transportation of women and girls in interstate commerce to engage in illegal sexual activity." The sex trafficking reportedly occurred in New York, Connecticut, Illinois, and California, according to the statement. The "I Believe I Can Fly" singer pleaded not guilty in August 2019. According to CNN, Kelly also faces charges in Illinois. The New York Times reports Kelly’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 4, 2022. MORE: U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York TwitterR. Kelly convicted of racketeering by a federal jury in New York - CNNLive Updates: R. Kelly Found Guilty of All Counts in Racketeering and Sex Trafficking Trial - The New York Times #NewYork Related Stories R. Kelly to appear in Brooklyn federal court on sex charges Judge orders R. Kelly moved to New York for court hearing R. Kelly arrested in Chicago for federal sex crimes R. Kelly charged in Illinois with aggravated criminal sexual abuse R. Kelly allegedly held women against their will as sex slaves R. Kelly accuser says he threatened to reveal her sex life Waiting for your permission to load facebook comments.