As the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements against abuse of women are at their peak and achieving results, acts of sexual misconduct are now not easily forgiven by both the law and the people who make up institutions.
The hardest hit celebrities in recent times are comedian and actor Bill Cosby and R&B singer R. Kelly who have both been in the spotlight for the wrong reasons.
Last month, a jury found 80-year-old Cosby guilty of three counts of sexual assault after he was accused of drugging and sexually assaulting former basketball player Andrea Constand in his home in 2004. He faces up to 10 years in prison for each count and he’s likely to serve the jail term concurrently.
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R. Kelly, who was acquitted in 2008 on child pornography charges, is facing multiple allegations of sexual abuse, including from women who accused him of coercion and holding them in a sex “cult.” He has not yet been charged, however, his music is facing a downturn.
The hashtag #MuteRKelly, launched to hold him accountable, affected his finances. The worst occurred when his music was removed from Spotify, making him the first artist to be banned as part of a new policy against “hateful content and conduct.”
Besides these two celebrities who are facing the wrath of justice, many others have been accused of sexual misconduct but are having a field day with no real effect on their careers.
Here are some five celebrities who are luckier than R. Kelly and Bill Cosby.