R. Kelly Owes Abuse Victims $300,000 For Herpes Treatment, Judge Says – Billboard


A federal judge ruled Wednesday that R. Kelly will have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution to two victims to cover treatment for their sexually transmitted diseases and psychological trauma.

Kelly owes at least $300,000 to victim known as Jane for herpes treatment and psychological therapy, U.S. District Judge Anne Donnelly said at a hearing, and an undecided sum to another woman known as Stephanie for the same issues.

The decision was not final and a final figure will be determined once federal prosecutors recalculate the exact costs of care. The judge refused to order restitution to a third victim known as Sonja.

After decades of accusations of sexual misconduct, Kelly was convicted last year in New York on racketeering and sex trafficking charges stemming from accusations that he orchestrated a long-running scheme to recruit and abuse women and underage girls.

In June, he was sentenced to 30 years in prison and ordered to pay a $140,000 fine, but restitution was unresolved. Then last month he was convicted on separate charges in Chicago, where he likely faces additional fines and restitution on top of a lengthy prison sentence.

With $440,000 in total payments due and likely more pending, it’s unclear if Kelly has the funds to pay his victims.

In April 2020, Kelly’s attorneys reportedly told a Chicago judge that he owed the IRS nearly $2 million in back taxes. And before his trial in New York last year, his attorneys told a judge the singer was too broke to even pay for court transcripts. Then last month, prosecutors seized $27,824 from his prison police station funds to begin paying off his debts.

Looking ahead, Kelly faces sentencing in Chicago in February. He will also soon begin the lengthy process of appealing the two convictions. Kelly’s attorney declined to comment on Wednesday’s restitution order, saying the next appeal will “speak for itself.”


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