Government seizes R. Kelly funds held by Sony Music and UMPG to pay victims

Brooklyn prosecutors want to seize R. Kelly’s career earnings from Sony and Universal Music Publishing Group and the money they keep from R. Kelly’s music catalog to pay compensation he owes his victims.

The star still owes two abuse victims $140,900 in fines and compensation after being awarded half a million dollars.

“He currently owes $504,289.73, including interest,” the statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York said. “Interest rates continue to rise.”

Kelly was convicted of racketeering and sex trafficking in Brooklyn in 2021. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Last September he was found guilty in a federal court in Chicago of coercing minors into criminal sexual activity and producing child pornography. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison. These 20 years run simultaneously.

The government has already taken steps to seize nearly $28,000 from his commissary fund. The commission funds came exclusively from donations from fans.

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Sarah Ridley is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Sarah Ridley joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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