Troubled American singer Robert Kelly popularly known in music circles as R. Kelly has been denied all motions for acquittal and a new federal trial by a court in Chicago.
The 56-year-old singer was denied all motions for acquittal by a Chicago Federal Judge Harry Leinenweber who made the rule on Thursday February 16.
R Kelly, 56, was sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2022 on nine counts that included “s3xual exploitation of children” and “transportation of women and girls in interstate commerce to engage in illegal s3xual activity.”
He was convicted of three child pornography charges and three counts of child enticement in Chicago last year.
The anonymous star witness, known only as “Jane,” testified that Kelly began s3xually abusing her when she was just 14 years old, even filming their encounters.
“Simply because Jane and her attorney considered the possibility of restitution does not mean she lied during her testimony,” wrote Leinenweber.
’’Jane’s testimony was that she was undecided. Her testimony was not that she was not intending to pursue restitution,’’ the presiding judge noted in his ruling.