R. Kelly was acquitted today (June 13) on all counts in his child pornography trial in Chicago. The jury reached a verdict in less than eight hours of deliberation. Kelly was charged with 14 counts of

R. Kelly was acquitted today (June 13) on all counts in his child pornography trial in Chicago. The jury reached a verdict in less than eight hours of deliberation.

Kelly was charged with 14 counts of videotaping himself having sex with an underage girl, who prosecutors say was as young as 13. If convicted, he faced a minimum of four years in prison and a maximum of 15 years. He would also have had to register as a sex offender in Illinois.

Kelly dabbed his face with a handkerchief and hugged each of his four attorneys after the verdict was read. Minutes later, surrounded by bodyguards, he left the courthouse without comment. Dozens of fans screamed and cheered as he climbed into a waiting SUV.

Both Kelly and the now 23-year-old alleged victim had denied they were on the tape. Neither testified during the trial.

The prosecution's star witness was a woman who said she engaged in three-way sex with Kelly and the girl prosecutors said was on the tape. Defense attorneys argued the man on the tape didn't have a large mole on his back and Kelly does.

"Robert said all along that he believed in our system and he believed in God -- and that when all the facts came out in court, he would be cleared of these terrible charges," read a statement from his publicist, Allen Mayer. "But he never dreamed it would take six and a half years. This has been a terrible ordeal for him and his family and at this point all he wants to do is move forward and put it behind him."


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