R. Kelly was sentenced Wednesday for using his celebrity to abuse young fans.

This included some children. It was part of a long-running scheme that lasted for decades.

Many of Kelly's accusers, including the singer, told a court through tears and anger that he had misled them and preyed on them.

Kelly, 55, did not give a statement, and he didn't react to the sentence, which included a $100,000 fine.

Kelly has denied any wrongdoing and plans to appeal his conviction.

At his sentencing, another of his accusers stated that victims "have sought to hear and be acknowledged". "We are not the preyed-on people we used to be."

Unless they are willing to come forward, the Associated Press will not identify anyone who claims they were sexually assaulted or abused.

Kelly sentenced the women to prison by identifying them only with their first names or pseudonyms.

Kelly is currently in jail without bail and has been since 2019..

He still faces child pornography and obstruction-of-justice charges in Chicago, where a trial is scheduled to begin on Aug. 15.

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