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Chicago Prosecutor Drops R. Kelly Sex-Abuse Charges, Acknowledges the Decision ‘May Be Disappointing’ to Accusers


Disgraced musician R. Kelly and his legal team have been fighting for his freedom since 2019 when he was arrested on federal sex abuse charges. His latest case involving some charges was a legal victory for Kelly and his representatives, as the prosecutors in the case decided to drop the charges they were bringing against the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer.

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R. Kelly received a 30-year sentence in 2022

R. Kelly’s charges were brought in the aftermath of Lifetime premiering its docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, which chronicled Kelly’s years of abuse in the words of some of the survivors themselves. After Surviving R. Kelly, Kelly was charged in Chicago with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse in February 2019, followed by another 11 charges in May. (In March 2019, he gave his now-infamous interview with Gayle King where he asserted his innocence, exclaiming, “I’m fighting for my f***ing life.”) In July 2019, a Chicago grand jury indicted him on 13 counts, including child pornography, enticement of a minor, and obstruction of justice.



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