Earlier this week, R. Kelly's ongoing sex trafficking trial in New York started wrapping up as the defense and the prosecution offered their closing arguments, during which the controversial artist's legal team reportedly compared him to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mike Pence, and Hugh Hefner.

According to AJ+the anonymous jury of seven men and five women in R. Kelly's trial has reportedly been sent to deliberate whether or not they will deem R. Kelly guilty of the racketeering and sex trafficking charges brought against him, so the public will soon know if his legal team's lofty comparisons were enough to prevent their client from being handed a guilty verdict.

R&B singer R. Kelly covers his mouth as he speaks to members of his entourage as he leaves the Leighton Criminal Courts Building following a hearing on June 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Prosecutors turned over to Kelly's defense team a DVD that alleges to show Kelly having sex with an underage girl in the 1990s. Kelly has been charged with multiple sex crimes involving four women, three of whom were underage at the time of the alleged encounters.
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AJ+ also reports that the disgraced R&B singer is facing up to 20 years in prison, and the testimonies of 11 accusers, who recounted unlawful underage encounters, will all be taken into consideration by the jury. Newly revealed information and first-hand accounts about R. Kelly's alleged abusive sexual relationship with Aaliyah will be taken into account as well.

The jury's deliberation comes after R. Kelly notably refused to take the stand in his defense earlier this week.


Stay tuned to HNHH as more updates in R. Kelly's high-profile sex-trafficking trial continue to roll in.