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R. Kelly, the disgraced R&B star on trial for sex crimes

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New York (AFP) – A Chicago native who soared to global celebrity on a burst of megahits in the 1990s, for years R. Kelly endured as one of R&B’s top stars, even as he faced a slew of sex abuse allegations. The three-time Grammy winner, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, has sold over 75 million records globally, making him one of the most commercially successful R&B musicians ever, with hits like “I Believe I Can Fly.” But Kelly’s success always included an asterisk: rumors of criminal sexual activity swirled for decades and the artist periodically settled sex crime allegations out of court. In a pr…

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