Singer R. Kelly, already behind bars, ordered victims to pay

NEW YORK (Reuters) – R. Kelly, the multi-platinum R&B singer who has been convicted twice this year for sex crimes, must pay at least $300,000 in damages to some of his victims, a federal judge said Wednesday.

The money will compensate two women, known as Jane and Stephanie, for the cost of therapy and herpes treatment, U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly said at a hearing in Brooklyn.

That figure is likely to rise after prosecutors recalculate the cost of medication for Stephanie.

Donnelly rejected the plaintiffs’ requests to compensate Jane for the lost income and to provide some compensation to a third victim known as Sonja.

Kelly attended the hearing via Zoom from a federal prison in Chicago.

Donnelly sentenced Kelly to 30 years in prison in June after a jury convicted him of racketeering and other charges.

Prosecutors said Kelly, 55, exploited his fame and fortune for more than two decades to lure women and underage girls into his job for sex.

The months-long trial reinforced allegations that had dogged the singer of the Grammy-winning hit “I Believe I Can Fly.”

Kelly was also convicted last month in Chicago on separate charges of child pornography and luring underage girls for sex.

He is awaiting conviction in that case and also faces several state charges in Illinois and Minnesota.

Kelly, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is one of the most prominent people convicted of sexual misconduct during the #MeToo movement against such behavior by prominent men.

(Reporting by Luc Cohen in New York, editing by Deepa Babington)

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