1:36 PM PT — Joycelyn Savage — who lived with R. Kelly for years as one of his
girlfriends — became one of the centerpieces of his story when he was first
arrested. Gerald Griggs, who represents the Savage family tells us, “The conviction
today spoke volumes in accountability when it comes to people hearing black women
and believing their stories.”
He tells us the hope now for the family is to be able to reunite with Joycelyn and
continue to build back the loving relationship they’ve missed out on having with their
daughter for years.
R. Kelly has just been found guilty on all counts in his federal sex crimes trial … and
could be staring down life in prison.
The jury started deliberating on Friday afternoon, had the weekend off, and took
about half the day on Monday to reach its verdict on 9 federal counts … including
racketeering, sex crimes, human trafficking, obstruction of justice and kidnapping.
The trial wrapped a little over a month after it began … with the prosecution calling
far more witnesses than the defense. Kelly’s team only called 5 witnesses over a couple
of days. Kelly himself never took the stand.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 4, and now that Kelly’s been convicted on all counts,
he could get 10 years to life. Mind you, he’s still set to go on a second federal trial in
Chicago, and state trials in Illinois and Minnesota.
Monday’s verdict in federal court in Brooklyn comes just over 2 years after Kelly
was arrested in Chicago for multiple federal sex crimes in 2 different states.
Kelly’s legal team called a handful of ex-Kelly employees and associates to take the
stand in an effort to discredit allegations the singer sexually abused women, girls and
Some of Kelly’s ardent defenders said, under oath, they never saw Kelly abuse anyone.
What’s more … some of the defense witnesses went as far as saying that, if anything,
Kelly was “chivalrous” to his GFs.