Ottawa Citizen

R. Kelly acquitted of child pornograph­y charges

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CHICAGO •

A jury acquitted R&B star R. Kelly of child pornograph­y charges yesterday, finding he did not make an explicit videotape showing him having sex with an underage girl who called him “godfather.”

Mr. Kelly, whose given name is Robert, cried and repeatedly whispered “thank you, Jesus” after each not guilty finding was announced in the 14-count case, according to his lawyer. If found guilty, he could have faced a 15-year prison term.

The eight-man, four-woman jury deliberate­d about six hours over two days before delivering the verdict. The 14 counts referred to specific acts depicted in the tape.

Minutes after the verdict was announced in Cook County Criminal Court, a red-eyed Mr. Kelly, 41, strode out of the courthouse via a barricaded entrance without a word to reporters or fans screaming his name. He waved and climbed into a sport utility vehicle.

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