Disgraced R&B star R. Kelly was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison.
The sentence was handed down in New York by federal judge Ann Donnelly
The judge said the case was not about sex. "It's about violence, brutality and control."
Donnelly accepted what was said by the defense, including that Kelly endured a very difficult childhood
Last year, Kelly was found guilty of charges including child sexual exploitation, racketeering, bribery and prostitution
Multiple victims established a pattern of seeing Kelly at a show or in public
And an associate of Kelly's would give them a phone number to call
Through phone calls they become trapped in a system of sexual and psychological abuse.
Kelly forced his victims to perform sexual acts for his own satisfaction (which he often filmed)
The victims were forced to write letters or video tape claiming that they were doing everything of their own free will.
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