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R&B Singer R. Kelly Sentenced to 30 Years in Sex-Trafficking Case

R. Kelly leaves the Leighton Criminal Courts Building following a hearing in Chicago in June 2019.
R. Kelly leaves the Leighton Criminal Courts Building following a hearing in Chicago in June 2019.Photographer: Scott Olson/Getty Images North America
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New York (AP) -- Disgraced R&B superstar R. Kelly was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for using his fame to sexually abuse young fans, including some who were just children, in a systematic scheme that went on for decades.

Through tears and anger, several of Kelly's accusers told a court in New York City, and the singer himself, that he had misled and preyed upon them.