Charges against the singer include racketeering, sexual exploitation of a child, bribery and kidnapping.
After five weeks of arguments, evidence and over 40 witness testimonies, the trial against R&B icon R. Kelly is reaching its end. Friday (Sept. 24), federal prosecutor Nadia Shihata gave the final arguments of the case, stating that Kelly was surrounded by "sycophants, yes men and enablers," and that he is "not a genius, he's a predator, a criminal."
Following roughly three hours of instructions from Judge Ann M. Donnelly, the jury was dismissed for deliberations at 1:40 p.m. Friday to determine Kelly's guilt on the nine charges he faces.
During her argument, Shihata meticulously combed through evidence that the government says proves Kelly's guilt for each of the nine charges. She challenged the defense's counterarguments that painted Kelly as a naive bystander and urged the jury to consider the evidence and "look at the totality of the argument." All the while, Kelly continuously shook his head and rocked back and forth in his chair.