It really has been a couple of years that demonstrate the power of giving voice to victims and the reach that the film medium has to reach the public and bring issues to the table. One of many cases is that of the singer R. Kelly, who was arrested on various charges, including sex trafficking and organized crime, following a television series in which the people he abused decided to tell their stories.
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According to the New York Times, R. Kelly he has been found guilty of the charges against him. It was a process that determined that he is responsible for nine crimes, including organized crime, sex trafficking and sexual abuse. The sentence will be indicated next May. This said Jacquelyn M. Kasulis, the US prosecutor who handled the case:
Today’s guilty verdict forever marks R. Kelly as a predator who used his fame and fortune to prey on the youngest, most vulnerable, and those who had no voices for sexual gratification. He is a predator who used his close circle to lure minors and young men and women for decades, in a sordid web of sexual abuse, exploitation and humiliation.
The accusations against the singer took force after the transmission of the series that we mentioned, which is named Surviving R. Kelly. In it, several women told their stories about him and there were testimonies from more than 50 people about how he abused women, and minors. The charges of which he has been convicted are just a series of indictments against him in the state of New York, but he has other investigations and processes underway in the states of Minnesota and Illinois.
The case of one of several high-profile ones that have been brought to the small screen in recent years. It is also worth remembering The Vow – 87%, about the sex trafficking sect NXIVM or the documentary series Allen v. Farrow – 85% of HBO, which reviews allegations against director Woody Allen for sexual abuse of minors. Leaving Neverland was also very controversial – 90%, a two-part documentary on the accusations against Michael Jackson.
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The most recent of all these is probably Framing Britney Spears – 100%, which sheds light on the murky guardianship that the singer was subjected to by her own father for 13 years. This fact, which sees limited her legal, financial and personal control over her own life, has been the subject of discussion for months and the premiere of another film for Netflix entitled Britney vs Spears, which will premiere tomorrow.
R. Kelly He faces a sentence ranging from 20 years in prison to life in prison. The sanction for these charges will be given next May. During the trial, which benefited from evidence that he himself had saved, such as messages between himself and his victims, the singer refused to testify. In 2008, he had already faced another trial for possession of child pornography, of which he was found not guilty.
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