Chicago Prosecutor To Drop Sex-Abuse Charges Against R. Kelly

TheCook County prosecutor announced the decision Monday, one day before a hearing in connection to state sex-abuse charges that she's dropping.

  • Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, who led efforts in 2019 to get women and girls to come forward so she could pursue charges against the now-disgraced singer, acknowledged her decision “may be disappointing” accusers but said the federal charges on which Kelly was convicted will likely keep him behind bars until he’s at least 80.
  • “Mr. Kelly is potentially looking at the possibility of never walking out of prison again for the crimes that he’s committed,” Foxx said.
  • Since Kelly was indicted in Cook County in 2019, federal juries in Chicago and New York have convicted him of crimes including child pornography, enticement, racketeering and sex trafficking.
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