Another somewhat win for R. Kelly?
R. Kelly is in jail for the foreseeable future, but some random W’s have come his way in recent months, keeping he and his fans hope alive for a full exoneration. Robert Kelly was finally taken into custody in 2019 after years of accusations from underaged women.
While he’s already been sentenced in New York and Illinois, it looks like charges in Minnesota have been dropped and will not be moving forward.
R, Kelly charges in Minnesota included two counts of engaging in prostitution with a person under the age of 18. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office released a statement saying that while they believed Kelly to be guilty of his crimes, they have decided to drop them since he is already serving the equivalent of a life sentence for her other convictions.
The statement read, “We believed then and continue to believe the victim survivor as to what Mr. Kelly did to her in this case,” but all counts have been dropped “in light of the federal convictions of Mr. Kelly for which he received lengthy federal prison sentences and will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.”
R. Kelly is currently serving 30 years in total, meaning the now 56-year-old will probably not get out until he’s in his 80s. His previous charges include a federal sexual misconduct charge in New York and federal child pornography charges in Chicago.
He has trying to appeal both convictions, with his legal team still alluding to him being framed. Fans online support this, with many feeling the real criminals are the parents and handlers who helped Kelly run his very complicated relationships.
The woman who is suing in Minnesota released her own statement opening up about how the lack of justice in her state has left her sad.
Her statement read, “As a surviving victim of R. Kelly, I feel sad about the fact that Hennepin County Attorney’s Office in Minnesota decided not to hold him accountable for what he did to me when I was a minor.”
She went on to admit that she knew he would probably not get any additional jail time but that testifying against him would have brought her closure.
This is the second case that has been dropped since R. Kelly’s federal sentencing. The singer is expected to be released close to the age of 90.