R. Kelly’s Lawyer Says Singer Is Feeling ‘No Real Sense Of Relief’ After Sex Abuse Charges Were Dropped: He Is Still Fighting For His Life

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R. Kelly’s Lawyer Says Singer Is Feeling ‘No Real Sense Of Relief’ After Sex Abuse Charges Were Dropped: He Is Still Fighting For His Life

 R. Kelly has caught a slight break in some of his serious legal issues. 

On Monday (Jan. 30) Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx announced her decision to drop the sex-abuse charges against the singer following federal convictions in two courts that should guarantee R. Kelly spends decades behind bars. The Cook County State Attorney said she would ask a judge to dismiss the indictments today (Jan. 31). The change of mind was announced a day prior to a hearing related to state charges accusing R.Kelly, born Robert Kelly, of sexually abusing four people, three who were minors. Kim Foxx said:

“Tomorrow morning [Jan. 31] council for Mr. Robert Kelly is scheduled to appear in court over the indictments that we brought forth nearly four years ago charging him with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims.”


Recalling the process behind her initial intent to convict the 55-year-old, Kim Foxx continued:

“I’m here to inform you that the Cook County State Attorney’s office will no longer be pursuing these indictments. Back in 2019, I stood in this very room and asked for anyone who was a victim or witness to crimes allegedly perpetrated by Mr. Kelly to come forward. Since that time, we’d set up a hotline to allow for victims and witnesses both locally and nationally to contact our office with any information that they’ve received. In the course of the several weeks after that plea for survivors to come forward we received hundreds of tips and pieces of evidence that spread far and wide throughout the country.”

She added:

“My team of assistant state attorneys and victim witnesses who are here today [Jan. 30] were tirelessly to run down the accusations that were being made to determine whether the information being provided was credible. In the course of that time we received physical evidence including a tape of child pornography involving Mr. Kelly. It was subsequently used in his federal trial here in Chicago.”

However, despite the seemingly good news for K. Kelly, his lawyer, Jennifer Bonjean, has shared that the singer isn’t relieved. She said,

“There is no real sense of relief. He is still fighting for his life. He is facing decades in prison.”

In a separate statement, she added,

He only has one life to give. So I don’t know how many sentences upon sentences would satisfy people.” 

She also noted that Kim Foxx made “the right move” with her decision.

As previously reported, on June 29, 2022, the “Step In The Name Of Love” singer was sentenced to 30 years in prison after a Brooklyn, New York jury found him guilty on all counts of racketeering and sex trafficking. He was also ordered to receive mental health treatment upon his release along with mandatory therapy sessions for a sexual disorder.

Foxx continued:

“As you all are aware, here in Illinois, the Illinois federal court in September of 2022, the jury found Mr. Kelly guilty on three counts of child pornography and three counts of child enticement. Sentencing has not yet been rendered in that case, however, Mr. Kelly faces a minimum of 10 to 90 years in prison in the Illinois federal court.”  

Foxx also acknowledged that the decision “may be disappointing” to his accusers. The attorney said:

“Mr. Kelly is potentially looking at the possibility of never walking out of prison again for the crimes that he’s committed. While today’s cases are no longer being pursued, we believe justice has been served.”


Lanita Carter, who was allegedly sexually assaulted by Kelly in February 2003, admitted she was disappointed when she heard the news. She also added that she put her faith in Foxx when she shared her story and spent four years waiting to face her alleged abuser. Carter said:

“I have spent nearly 20 years hoping that my abuser would be brought to justice for what he did to me. With today’s announcement, all hope of justice for my case is gone.”

She added:

“Justice has been denied for me.” 

Kelly seemingly has good luck when in Chicago court being that he previously beat child pornography charges when a Chicago jury acquitted him in 2018. 

Although Kelly may be getting off the hook in Chicago, another sexual-misconduct case is pending against the artist in Hennepin County, Minnesota, where he faces solicitation charges. That case has been on hold while Minnesota prosecutors haven’t decided if they still intend to take Kelly to trial.

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Authored by: Tsai-Ann Hill