R Kelly ordered to pay victims more than $300,000 in treatment costs for herpes and psychological damage

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BROOKLYN, NEW YORK: R Kelly will not only make time for his sex crimes in New York, but it also appears he will be forced to make large restitution payments to some of his victims, including payment for treatment for their STDs and any subsequent psychological harm. At a restitution hearing on Wednesday, September 28, a judge ruled on how much Kelly, who has already been convicted and sentenced to prison, should pay.

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The judge said Kelly will have to pay around $300,000 for herpes treatment as well as therapy apparently needed for a victim named “Jane.” The same goes for another victim nicknamed “Stephanie”, but an exact figure has not yet been decided in her case. “Sonja”, a third victim, was not compensated. Therefore, it looks like Kelly will be responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not more.

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Singer R. Kelly appears standing next to his attorney, Steven Greenberg during a hearing at the Leighton Courthouse on September 17, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Kelly faces multiple sexual assault charges and is being held without bail (Antonio Perez – Pool via Getty Images)

Kelly is currently serving 30 years in prison for federal sex crimes. He was recently convicted in another federal case in Chicago in which he was charged with the same offenses, and that case could also result in compensation. However, it’s unclear whether Kelly would be able to actually pay his victims, as he recently claimed in court papers that he lacked funds.

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Kelly’s attorneys reportedly informed a Chicago judge in April 2020 that he owed the IRS approximately $2 million in unpaid taxes. Moreover, the singer was too poor, according to the artist’s lawyer, to even pay for court transcripts before his trial in New York last year. Then, in order to start paying off his obligations, authorities took $27,824 from his payments to the prison police station last month.

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He received a 30-year prison sentence and a $140,000 fine in June, but restitution was not discussed. Then, last month, he was convicted in Chicago on different counts; as a result, he now likely faces further prison sentences as well as fines and restitution obligations.

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