sexual predator r. A young Kelly victim said her sentence in a US court on Friday freed her of the burden she was carrying.
Faith Rodgers told reporters she was now able to move on with her life, facing the prospect of dying in prison after decades of sexually abusing women and children who abused her.
“I don’t have to explain myself anymore,” said 24-year-old Rodgers.
“There is no black and white” since the sentence. “So it takes the weight off my chest.”
Kelly, 54, was found guilty in September of nine criminal counts, including the most serious of racketeering, after six weeks of disturbing testimony.
A jury heard how he recruited women and teens for sex for decades before grooming and brutally abusing them.
Rodgers said of his expectations for Kelly’s May 4 sentencing, “I have nothing to say to him. I don’t want to see (him) anything.”
“Forgiveness is a conviction.”
Rodgers met Kelly in 2018. He says they initiated “non-consensual, painful and abusive sex” and infected them with sexually transmitted diseases.
The case against Kelly, which was delayed for more than a year by the pandemic, is a milestone for the #MeToo movement because it was the first in which most of the complainants were black women.
Rodgers, who was speaking in Los Angeles, said Kelly’s six-week trial in New York was difficult.
“There’s a lot of arrogance… in the courtroom the whole time.
“I knew he was trying to seduce me and … shake (me) up a bit.
“That behavior was very, I would say, childish and not appropriate.”
Perhaps, he suggested, punishment would be the right time for Kelly to show remorse.
“What I would like to see at that time is a little bit of remorse and accountability,” she said.
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