R. Kelly ordered to pay $300,000 for therapy and medication for victims

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A federal judge has ordered R. Kelly to pay $300,000 in restitution for herpes therapy and medication for some of his victims.

After his double conviction this year for sex crimes, R. Kelly will have to pay at least $300,000 in restitution to some of his victims. The money will compensate two women for herpes therapy and treatment costs, said U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly during a hearing in Brooklyn on Wednesday. This figure will likely increase once prosecutors recalculate the cost of medication for one of the victims.

Kelly owes a victim known as Jane at least $300,000 for herpes treatment and psychological therapy. An undecided sum will be awarded to another woman known as Stephanie for the same issues. The decision was not final, but a final figure will be determined once federal prosecutors recalculate the costs of care. Judge Donnelly rejected prosecutors’ requests to compensate one of the two victims for lost earnings and denied restitution to another third victim, known as Sonja.

Kelly attended the hearing via a Zoom call from a federal prison in Chicago. Judge Donnelly sentenced Kelly to 30 years in June after a jury found him guilty of racketeering.

Prosecutors said Kelly exploited his fame and wealth for more than two decades to lure underage women and girls into his sphere of influence for sex. He was also convicted last month in Chicago on separate charges of child pornography and other sex crimes, but is still awaiting sentencing in that case. Additionally, he faces various state charges in Illinois and Minnesota.

At his sentencing in June, R. Kelly was ordered to pay a $140,000 fine, but restitution was unresolved. He will likely face additional fines and restitution for the Chicago charges and a longer prison sentence.

In April 2020, Kelly’s attorneys reportedly told a Chicago judge that he owed the IRS nearly $2 million in back taxes. Last month, prosecutors seized $27,824 from his prison police station funds to pay off some of his debts. As a result, it is unknown if Kelly will have the funds to pay his victims.

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