On September 27th, musician R. Kelly was convicted on numerous charges related to racketeering and sex trafficking, the end of an ongoing story of sexual abuse and media complacency that allowed Kelly to keep many women essentially captive in his home for years at a time. The exact details of Kelly’s crimes and abusive behavior are all well-documented by the Netflix special Surviving R. Kelly.
“Today’s verdict brings an end to Robert Kelly’s decade-long reign of terror over many vulnerable girls, boys and young women,” Pete Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge for Homeland Security investigations in New York, said after the verdict was announced. “With this verdict, it is my sincere hope that it will also begin the healing process for these brave survivors.”
The news was received on Twitter with some jubilation—after all, Kelly has been accused of numerous crimes for decades, ever since the infamous “pee tape,” which shows Kelly engaging in sex with a 14-year-old girl, began to circulate. There were also the die hard fans who seem unable to accept the evidence of Kelly’s crimes and are certainly not willing to believe them now. Here are some of the responses online: