Charges Dropped Against R Kelly

( )- Six charges were dropped against Robert Sylvester Kelly, known as R. Kelly. Illinois Cook County prosecutors say that Kelly is already facing prison sentences for his federal convictions of aggravated criminal assault and aggravated criminal abuse counts involving four accusers, three of them minors, according to OAN.

After County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office reportedly filed charges in 2019, Kelly had already been charged in New York and Chicago.

“Mr. Kelly is potentially looking at the possibility of never walking out of prison again for the crimes that he’s committed,” the prosecutor said. “While today’s cases are no longer being pursued, we believe justice has been served.”

In a recent 2022, a victim came forward alleging that Kelly had abused her, and videoed the abuse when she was just 14 years old. That conviction alone faces a minimum of 10 to 90 years in prison.

Reports of the abuse and exploitation of minors by Kelly have reportedly been documented for decades, beginning sometime in the 1990s. The R&B singer was charged with possession of explicit images and videos of children in 2002, but it reportedly ended in a mistrial in 2008.

It wasn’t until the 2019 documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly,” that the artist began to face punishment for his actions in assaulting minors. Shortly after the release of the documentary and the backlash that resulted, his RCA Records contract was terminated.

Attorneys for Kelly recently accused a star witness against him of lying about seeking restitution. They reportedly filed a motion to throw out Kelly’s conviction related to his former goddaughter “Jane.”

Kelly was arrested in July 2019 and has since been denied bail as victims came forward, making Kelly the subject of multiple investigations in New York, Chicago, and Minneapolis.

Currently being held in Metropolitan Correctional Center, Chicago, Kelly, 56, will not be eligible for release until he is around 80 years old, OAN reports.