Foxx told reporters that in light of the lengthy sentence Kelly has already been given and the additional sentence he will likely receive in a few weeks, he could not justify devoting more time and resources to Kelly with other sexual predators in their community as well. .
“Mr. Kelly is looking at the possibility of never getting out of prison again,” Foxx said, then added, “We believe justice has been served.”
Foxx claimed he made the decision in consultation with Kelly’s four accusers, three of whom were minors when he allegedly sexually assaulted them.
“[The decision] “It’s not an indication that we don’t see them,” Foxx said. “I want to acknowledge that when we brought these charges … we brought them because we believed the allegations were credible and we believed they deserved an opportunity to have their allegations heard.
“For [the accusers]the process of going through this process was very difficult,” he continued, “and they are pleased with the outcome of the verdict and sentence against Mr. Kelly.”
Kelly rose to fame in the 1990s with big hits like “Bump and Grind” and “I Believe I Can Fly,” but allegations of sexual abuse, especially against minors, quickly eroded her popularity. Kelly married the late singer Aaliyah in 1994, when she was just 15, because she became pregnant with his child. Kelly, now 55, was 27 at the time. A recent documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly,” and the MeToo movement brought the allegations against Kelly back into the national spotlight in recent years.
In 2008, Kelly was acquitted of child pornography charges, although prosecutors in Kelly’s 2022 trial alleged that Kelly and his associates had somehow tampered with that jury. The jury that convicted Kelly on child pornography charges in 2022 acquitted him of tampering with the 2008 trial.
There is also a state case pending against Kelly in Minnesota, where Kelly is believed to have solicited a minor for sexual purposes and engaged in prostitution with a minor. Prosecutors have not indicated whether they will go to trial, although, as the Associated Press noted in its report on Kelly, state prosecutors typically try cases even after a federal conviction has been obtained to avoid the ‘release of a dangerous suspect whose conviction. could be overturned on appeal.
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