Prosecutor drops charges against R.Kelly citing years of imprisonment
A judge dismissed sex-abuse charges against R&B singer R. Kelly based on the recommendation of a Chicago prosecutor.
The hearing lasted just minutes and came a day after Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said she was comfortable dropping the case because Kelly will spend decades in prison for separate convictions in federal court.
Kelly was awaiting trial on state charges of sexually abusing four people in the Chicago area, three of whom were minors. He was not present when Judge Lawrence Flood dismissed the indictments.
Federal juries in Chicago and New York have convicted Kelly of a raft of crimes, including child pornography, enticement, racketeering and sex trafficking related to allegations that he victimized women and girls.
Kelly, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, is serving a 30-year prison sentence in the New York case and awaits sentencing on Feb. 23 in Chicago federal court.
Foxx acknowledged that some Kelly accusers would be disappointed. Indeed, Lanita Carter said justice was “denied for me.”
“I have spent nearly 20 years hoping that my abuser would be brought to justice for what he did to me,” Carter said.
Another sexual-misconduct case is pending in Hennepin County, Minnesota, where the Grammy Award winner faces solicitation charges. Prosecutors haven’t said whether they still intend to take Kelly to trial.
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