Kelly was acquitted of charges of bribery and threatening witnesses in a 2008 trial on similar charges. The case in Chicago, the birthplace of the Grammy-winning singer, lasted 4 weeks.
Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison for exploitation trade and blackmail in another trial in New York last year. The outcome of the Chicago court is expected to add to Kelly’s existing prison sentence.
The singer, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was found guilty of producing and delivering child abuse films, encouraging children under the age of 18 to do so.
At the center of the 2008 case against the singer was a 30-minute video of Kelly abusing a 14-year-old girl. The woman, codenamed Jane, refused to testify 14 years ago, so the charges were dropped.
HE SAID THAT THE VIDEO WAS HIS
Today, 37, Jane testified at the trial in Chicago and said it was herself in the video. She told me that Kelly abused her hundreds of times before she turned 18.
In the lawsuit, four more women stated that they were abused by Kelly at a young age. A total of 30 witnesses testified in court.
On the last day of the trial, a juror was hurt by the details of child abuse in his closing remarks. A substitute name was brought to replace this separated jury.
There are also accusations in the states of Illinois and Minnesota against Grammy winner Kelly, who became an international star with her 1996 song I Believe I Can Fly.