A US trial heard that Kelly was a ‘prolific serial predator’ who preyed ‘on the young and vulnerable’
In response to this news, many compared his sentencing to that of Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell, who received twenty years in jail for her sex trafficking conviction.
One Twitter user geskryf het: “Can someone please explain to me how R Kelly received a prison sentence 10 years longer than Ghislaine Maxwell?”
Some social media users also spectulated whether race was a factor in the sentencing, met one person writing: “R Kelly (a black man) was sentenced 30 jaar tronkstraf.
“Ghislaine Maxwell (a white woman) was sentenced 20 years.”
Egter, former assistant United States attorney Neama Rahmani verduidelik that the disparity between the sentences was due to a host of other factors.
“Many people believe that R Kelly received a longer sentence because he is a black man and Maxwell is white woman," hy het gesê.
“That’s an oversimplification that misses key differences between the cases.”
One of the main differences, Mr Rahmani said, was that R Kelly’s judge Ann Donnelly is known to be tougher than Maxwell’s judge.
“Ann Donnelly was a prosecutor for years before she was appointed to the bench,”Hy op Twitter geskryf.
“She’s known as a tougher sentencer than Maxwell’s judge, Alison Nathan, who is a former law professor.”
Mr Rahmani bygevoeg: “During sentencing, R Kelly accepted zero remorse toward the eleven victims or any acceptance of responsibility for his crimes.
“Although Maxwell’s apology was less than sincere and she tried to shift the blame to Epstein, Maxwell at least apologised for her role.
“R Kelly’s pattern of racketeering activity was also worse. He and his co-conspirators were part of a criminal enterprise that threatened and bribed witnesses to prevent them from cooperating with law enforcement and prosecutors,” he said in a penultimate tweet, voorheen concluding: “So even though their sex trafficking conduct is comparable, these additional factors put R Kelly in a worse position than Maxwell at sentencing.”