The convicted sex offender was last year found guilty of racketeering and sex trafficking during a three-decade reign of terror.
R KELLY VICTIMS SPEAK OUT
Judge Ann Donnelly handed down the 30-year-sentence – harsher than anticipated by prosecutors – at the Brooklyn, New York court. Speaking in her judgment, she told the disgraced singer: “You left in your wake a trail of broken lives”.
Outside the court, victims of R Kelly celebrated the news.
Lizzette Martinez – who was 17 years old when she met the singer – told media that she was “relieved” the trial was over. She added that whilst the 30-year sentence was not enough, She was “pleased with it”.
She added: “I never thought that I would be here to see him be held accountable for the atrocious things that he did to children”.
Another victim – Jovante Cunningham, who was 14 when she met R Kelly – also spoke out. She said: “There wasn’t a day in my life, up until this moment, that I actually believed that the judicial system would come through for black and brown girls.
“Thirty years did he do this, and 30 years is what he got”.
TWEEPS CELEBRATE SENTENCE WITH MEMES
On social media, R Kelly trended over his lengthy sentence, with many satisfied that “justice” had been served to his victims of sexual abuse.
Tweeps also flooded Twitter with memes about the 50-year-old singer.
@raesanni: “He liked his victims young but that 30-year sentence is full-grown”
@Dondeyforyou: “R Kelly just realized that the storm has just started and wished he could turn back the hands of time”
@iamoncraigslist: “R Kelly has 30 years to write another Trapped in the Closet”
@JamesKennedyUK: “To the fellow inmates of R Kelly and Gislaine Maxwell – please do us proud”
@Toothpaste__1: “Robert Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison. Life has taken back all it gave him. Life is just a lesson”