R. Kelly Acquittal & new Federal Trial Requests DENIED

Lyndon Abioye |

Motions from R. Kelly’s legal team for acquittal and a new federal trial have been denied.

Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2022 on nine counts for the “sexual exploitation of children” and “transportation of women and girls in interstate commerce to engage in illegal sexual activity,” as well as other charges. The disgraced star was convicted of three child pornography charges and three counts of child enticement in Chicago last year.

Kelly’s team filed a motion requesting a new trial alleging that the main witness in the trial misled jurors when she said she was undecided on whether she would be seeking monetary damages from the case. She was 14 years old at the time of the alleged crime.

“Simply because Jane and her attorney considered the possibility of restitution does not mean she lied during her testimony,” the judge wrote. “Jane’s testimony was that she was undecided. Her testimony was not that she was not intending to pursue restitution.”

In other R. Kelly news, prosecutors are requesting that Kelly’s 30 year sentence be increased by 25 years.

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