A Chicago prosecutor announced on Monday that she is dropping sexual assault charges against singer R. Kelly, following federal convictions in two courts that should ensure the disgraced R&B star is imprisoned for decades, AP news reports
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced the decision a day before a hearing on state charges accusing him of sexually abusing four people, three of whom were minors. On Tuesday, she said she would ask a judge to dismiss the indictments.
Why Chicago Prosecutors Are Dropping Sexual Assault Charges Against R. Kelly
Foxx, who had pleaded with women and girls in 2019 to come forward so she could press charges against Kelly, admitted that the decision “may be disappointing” to his accusers.
“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, referring to his federal convictions. “While today’s cases are no longer being pursued, we believe justice has been served.”
Kelly has been convicted of a variety of crimes, including child pornography, enticement, racketeering, and sex trafficking, since his indictment in Cook County in 2019.
Kelly, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, is serving a 30-year prison sentence in the New York case and will be sentenced in federal court in Chicago on Feb. 23.
He has filed an appeal against his convictions. Based solely on his New York sentence, the 56-year-old will not be eligible for release until he is around the age of 80.