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R Kelly survivor says ‘our job is not done’ as disgraced singer sentenced to 30 years in prison

A survivor of R Kelly’s abuse has spoken out after the disgraced singer was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Wednesday (June 28).

In a new interview, Lisa Van Allen said that Kelly’s conviction was “just the beginning” and that “our work is not done yet,” while addressing other sex abuse survivors.

Van Allen met Kelly – full name Robert Sylvester Kelly – at age 17 on the set of one of his music videos Van Allen believed he was 16.

Van Allen appeared as a witness at Kelly’s trial in 2008 and was also part of Lifetime’s Survive R. Kelly Documentary.

The documentary was released in 2019 and gave survivors a platform to share their stories, so the abuse allegations that have dogged Kelly for years could no longer be ignored.

Speak withdiversity Following the singer’s sentencing, Van Allen said “it just seemed fitting.” Kelly was sentenced to three decades in prison for “hunting young girls and boys for over thirty years.”

“Looking back at the process in 2008, I’m so proud to see how far we’ve come 14 years later,” Van Allen continued, adding, “It brings me nothing but joy to know that it’s me and will continue to do so is part of the solution.”

Kelly was indicted on 21 counts of manufacture of child pornography in 2002, but was acquitted by a Cook County jury when the case went to trial in 2008.

“I am grateful for everyone who made us heard. I do it for anyone who feels speechless – know that you are not alone. We are not victims. We are survivors. Our work isn’t done yet, this is just the beginning,” Van Allen also told the publication.

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Executive producer of the Peabody-winning docuseries, in which Van Allen detailed the abuse she suffered at the hands of Kelly, Jesse Daniels “acknowledged the courage of women to share their stories” and said they were “heroes.”

Courtroom sketch of R Kelly at his sentencing on Wednesday

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Kelly, 55, was convicted of nine charges in 2021. These included extortion and violating the Mann Act, which bans the interstate transportation of women and girls for “any sexual activity for which any person may be criminally charged.”

In sentencing, US District Judge Ann Donnelly said she entered the verdict regardless of sentencing guidelines because “the public needs to be protected from such conduct.”

She also noted that Kelly’s crimes “were calculated and carefully planned and regularly executed for nearly 25 years.”

“You taught them that love is slavery and violence,” added Judge Donnelly.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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