CHICAGO (AP) — A choose dismissed sex-abuse prices towards R&B singer R. Kelly on Tuesday based mostly on the advice of a Chicago prosecutor.
The listening to lasted simply minutes and got here a day after Prepare dinner County State’s Lawyer Kim Foxx stated she was snug dropping the case as a result of Kelly will spend a long time in jail for separate convictions in federal court docket.
Kelly was awaiting trial on state prices of sexually abusing 4 folks within the Chicago space, three of whom have been minors. He was not current when Decide Lawrence Flood dismissed the indictments.
Federal juries in Chicago and New York have convicted Kelly of a raft of crimes, together with little one pornography, enticement, racketeering and intercourse trafficking associated to allegations that he victimized ladies and women.
Kelly, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, is serving a 30-year jail sentence within the New York case and awaits sentencing on Feb. 23 in Chicago federal court docket.
Foxx acknowledged Monday that some Kelly accusers could be disillusioned. Certainly, Lanita Carter stated justice was “denied for me.”
“I’ve spent almost 20 years hoping that my abuser could be delivered to justice for what he did to me,” Carter stated Monday.
One other sexual-misconduct case is pending in Hennepin County, Minnesota, the place the Grammy Award winner faces solicitation prices. Prosecutors haven’t stated whether or not they nonetheless intend to take Kelly to trial.
Recognized for his smash hit “I Consider I Can Fly” and for sex-infused songs akin to “Bump n’ Grind,” Kelly offered thousands and thousands of albums even after allegations about his abuse of younger women started circulating publicly within the Nineties. He beat little one pornography prices in Chicago in 2008, when a jury acquitted him.
Widespread outrage over Kelly’s sexual misconduct didn’t emerge till the #MeToo reckoning and the 2019 launch of the Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly.”