R. Kelly ordered to pay victim over $300,000 in restitution

R. Kelly ordered to pay victim over $300,000 in restitution

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R. Kelly has been ordered to pay at least $309,068.18 in restitution to two of his victims. Anne M. Donnelly, a federal judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, made the ruling in the early afternoon of Wednesday, September 28. Court reporter Nina Pullano broke the news as it happened, and multiple outlets have since confirmed her reporting.

Of the aforementioned sum, $300,668.18 will be paid to a survivor of Kelly’s sex crimes identified pseudonymously as Jane, with the remaining $8,400 going to another victim referred to by the court as Stephanie. Pullano reports that the government will recalculate the amount owed to Stephanie, meaning she’ll most likely receive more than the amount initially allotted to her. The money is meant to go toward covering the projected costs of therapy and herpes treatment for Kelly’s victims. Kelly also owes the court $140,000 in fines and assessments.

On September 9, Judge Donnelly ruled that $27,828 (all but $500) could be seized from Kelly’s prison commissary account to pay a court fine and restitution to Kelly’s victims. She sentenced him to 30 years in prison in June, nine months after his September 2021 conviction on nine counts of sex trafficking and racketeering. On September 14 of this year, Kelly was found guilty on three counts of child pornography and three counts of enticement of a minor in Chicago federal court. He also faces two felony counts of sexual misconduct in Minnesota for allegedly “engaging in, hiring, or agreeing to hire a minor to engage in prostitution.”