Harry Leinenweber, Chicago Federal Judge, has denied all motions for the acquittal and a new federal trial for underfire American singer/songwriter, R.Kelly, on Thursday, February 16.
Kelly, 56, was handed a 30-year prison term back 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 p*rnography charges and three counts of child enticement in Chicago last year.
The singer’s legal representatives filed the motion for a new trial on Feb. 4, stating 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. The motion was denied less than two weeks later.
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.”
Kelly’s Feb. 23 sentencing will proceed as scheduled over the September 2002 convictions of child p*rnography and s3xual enticement. He remains in custody as he was convicted in a New York case for s3x trafficking and racketeering.