A high prosecutor in Chicago’s Prepare dinner County is dropping sexual abuse fees levelled towards disgraced R&B star R Kelly. Nonetheless, his 2021 and 2022 federal courtroom convictions be certain that the singer gained’t be escaping jail anytime quickly.
In keeping with Leisure Weely, Prepare dinner County State’s Lawyer Kim Foxx introduced the information on Monday, a day earlier than a listening to about state fees accusing Kelly of sexually abusing 4 folks, three of whom have been minors. Foxx mentioned she would ask the decide on the listening to to dismiss fees towards the ‘Backyard Party’ singer.
“I understand how hard it was for these victims to come forward and tell their stories,” Foxx mentioned in a press release. “I applaud their courage and have the utmost respect for everyone who came forward. While this may not be the result they were expecting, due to the sentences that Mr Kelly is facing, we do feel that justice has been served.”
She added, “My office will direct our resources to find justice for other victims of sexual abuse who do not have the power of a documentary to bring their abusers to light.”
Kelly, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, is at present serving a 30-year jail sentence after being convicted of racketeering and intercourse trafficking in New York in 2021. He’s additionally to be sentenced subsequent month in Chicago federal courtroom after he was discovered responsible on baby pornography and enticement fees final September. Kelly, 56, faces 10 to 90 years in jail within the Chicago case, in line with EW.
Allegations of sexual abuse have lengthy shadowed the singer however it wasn’t till the rise of the #MeToo motion and the docu-series Surviving R. Kelly that public strain mounted for authorities to take motion.
The Prepare dinner County indictment was introduced in 2019, earlier than the federal instances in New York and Chicago. Core to the New York case was Kelly’s relationship with the late singer Aaliyah, whom he married when she was 15 years previous.