Chuck Berry poses for the portrait circa 1958. Michael Ochs Archives
That event paled in contrast, nonetheless, because of the situation brought later on that year, as he had been faced with breaking the federal Mann Act — also referred to as the White Slave Traffic Act — which forbids transporting females across state lines for “prostitution or debauchery, and for virtually any immoral function. ”
The target at issue ended up being a waitress that is 14-year-old prostitute who Berry picked up whilst travelling in Mexico and cut back to St. Louis to function as a hostess at their Club Bandstand nightclub.
Berry — who later on advertised the lady told him she was 21 — fired her after several months, and after that she ended up being busted for prostitution and told the cops that Berry repeatedly had intercourse together with her as they had been on the highway, including in the rear of their Cadillac.
Berry ended up being convicted by an all-white jury and sentenced to your maximum 5 years into the slammer by Judge George Moore, whom told him “I have experienced your type before” and denied him bail pending appeal. Continue reading