Legal Expert Shares the Blunt Truth About How Bad R. Kelly’s Legal Settlement Could Be – Exclusive

The fate of R. Kelly is finally known. Last year, the singer stood in court for six weeks, during which prosecutors testified against the singer, claiming he had “exploited girls, boys and women” for his own satisfaction. The star was then proven guilty of sexual exploitation, extortion, sex trafficking and bribery. And now R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Kelly’s sentencing is a culmination of years of preparation. Kelly was first arrested in 2019 when prosecutors believed he and his management used his live performances and notoriety to “recruit women and girls for illegal sexual activity with Kelly,” according to People. At the time of his arrest, released documents revealed that the singer had forced the women to “follow rules” when they were with him — like not being able to leave the room R. Kelly had them in, and the opposite sex not to be allowed to watch, or even relieve yourself.

Now, three years later, on the day of his sentencing, the victims and lives Kelly stole were able to speak to the former singer and rejoice in his conviction – and that justice was served. But now a legal expert tells Nicki Swift News why R. Kelly’s conviction isn’t even the worst for the former R&B singer.

R. Kelly could get more jail time in addition to 30 years

While R. Kelly faces 30 years in prison, the star could face a much longer sentence — on other charges he faces in Illinois and Minnesota, according to NPR. Because of this, Kelly and his attorneys declined an opportunity to speak during the sentencing hearing.

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According to Joshua Ritter, a defense attorney and former Los Angeles district attorney, it was the right decision. Ritter explained that with two cases pending, while the silence keeps Kelly from admitting her guilt, fighting the cases could prove more of a chore than it’s worth. “He should negotiate settlement agreements to try and get prison sentences that would run concurrently with what he’s already received,” Ritter said. “At this point it might be a sensible strategy for R. Kelly to acknowledge that the government is playing house money, that the evidence against him is strong.”

But the odds aren’t just against Kelly, Ritter said, with two more cases to go, Ritter believes Kelly and his attorney need to be realistic about how much more they want to fight — something Ritter is unsure about doing. However, one thing is certain: “This 30-year prison sentence is certainly not the end of his legal problems,” says Ritter. With this week’s sentencing of Ghislaine Maxwell, Ritter said the courts are setting the law that “they will not tolerate celebrities and those in power who exploit others”.