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A judge sentenced R. Kelly to 30 years in prison on Wednesday after he was convicted last year of sex trafficking and other crimes.

Singer R. Kelly appears in court for a hearing to request that he be allowed to travel to Dubai at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on March 22, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.

A singer named R. Kelly appeared in court for a hearing to request that he be allowed to travel to the Middle East.

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Kelly was sentenced to three decades in prison by a judge in Brooklyn.

His lawyers wanted him to serve less than 14 years and prosecutors wanted him to serve more than 25 years.

A jury found Robert Kelly guilty on eight counts of violating the Mann Act and one count of racketeering.

Six women gave victim impact statements before Kelly was sentenced, with one telling the singer she hopes he goes to jail for the rest of his life and another saying she will take some of the things Kelly did to her "to my grave."

The lawyer for Kelly said before the sentencing that the singer is a musical genius.

At the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, Kelly has yet to be sentenced.

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Since the 1990s, there have been allegations of abuse against Kelly, including his marriage to Aaliyah, who was just 15 at the time. Kelly, who is known for his songs "I Believe I Can Fly" and "Ignition," was charged separately in Chicago and New York and pleaded not guilty to all charges. Kelly was described as a "predator" during the New York trial. Several people said they had sex with Kelly when they were young. When things ended, Kelly's partners retaliated against him. Kelly was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008.

Several times, Kelly's misdeeds were brought to light, but a series from Buzzfeed News and a documentary series Surviving R. Kelly were the catalysts for real action and for the allegations against him to have an impact on his reputation.

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