Kaalan “KR” Walker, who performed the function of “Juju” within the 2018 remake of the basic Blaxploitation movie Superfly, has been convicted of raping a number of girls and youngsters after luring them with guarantees of helping them with their leisure and modeling careers.
Arrested in 2018 and charged with 9 counts of sexual assault, on Monday (April 18), a jury discovered the 26-year-old responsible of sexually assaulting 4 girls and three teenage ladies, however was acquitted of sexual assault costs in connection to a few different alleged victims. In line with NBC Los Angeles, the actor and rapper, finest recognized for his 2018 single, “Pop Out,” is going through a attainable life sentence and can return to courtroom for his subsequent listening to on Might 27.
“In every of the circumstances, aspiring fashions had been contacted by Walker by way of social media with the premise of being employed to work professionally,” the Los Angeles Police Division beforehand stated in a press release. “Whereas alone, every of the victims reported that Walker sexually assaulted them.”
Nonetheless, Walker’s legal professional, Andrew Flier, portrayed his consumer as a sympathetic determine whose lies had been accepted as truths by opportunists searching for self-gain, arguing that Walker was not at fault for the victims’ actions. “The sample of Mr. Walker is to make false guarantees and so they purchased it. … Every certainly one of these girls voluntarily made their very own selections,” Flier reportedly informed the jury. “He didn’t pressure them. … It’s payback to Mr. Walker and we’re not going to let that occur.”
One sufferer, Sydney Stanford, reacted to the decision with a submit on social media. “This has been taking place since 2017,” Stanford wrote within the caption of a video commenting on the case. “It has felt like a by no means ending nightmare. I’ve been in survival mode for five years. It’s lastly over. Might this be your reminder that justice IS attainable. Your story does matter and that somebody will consider you. This can by no means occur once more. To all his survivors I’ve and haven’t met, I really like you by default and congratulations.”
R&B singer Kehlani, a vocal supporter of Walker’s victims, additionally spoke out on social media after information of Walker being discovered responsible was introduced. “This man goes to jail for the remainder of his life. Responsible as hell,” Kehlani stated on Instagram. “And it’s loopy that it took this…for y’all to consider it, as a result of it ought to have been believed when all this sh*t got here out.”