Shortly after a jury found R. Kelly guilty of a decades-long scheme to recruit women and teenage girls for sex, Gloria Allred, a women’s rights attorney who represented several of the singer’s accusers, stood outside the federal courthouse in Brooklyn and declared “justice has been done.”
Ms. Allred has often represented women who have been victims of sexual harassment and sexual assault by powerful men — including in the case against the movie producer Harvey Weinstein. But she said that “of all the predators that I have pursued, Mr. Kelly is the worst.”
Mr. Kelly used his celebrity to manipulate and sexually abuse underage girls, Ms. Allred said, and had used a network of enablers to help build and sustain that world of torment and abuse. Mr. Kelly also knowingly spread herpes to his victims, she said.
Ms. Allred represented three of the six victims whose accounts were at the center of the case, as well as two other key witnesses in the trial. She also represented a third who in the end was not called to testify.
“Let this be a message to other celebrities who also use their fame to prey on their fans,” Ms. Allred said. “The issue is not if the law will catch up to you, the only question is when.”
Jacquelyn Kasulis, acting attorney for the Eastern District of New York, also spoke at the news conference, applauding the verdict and the “bravery and resilience” of survivors whose testimony was central to the case against Mr. Kelly.