Not at all surprisingly, R&B singer R. Kelly has been found not guilty of all 14 charges involving sex with a 13-year-old girl, and child pornography.
Though the prosecution had over a dozen witnesses who said Kelly was the man in the videotape and that the girl was only 13 at the time, both Kelly and the alleged victim denied it was them on the tape, and the man on the tape did not have the same large mole which Kelly has on his back. The alleged victim, now an adult, was not called as a witness.
After six years of preparation, a month-long trial and spending millions of taxpayer dollars, the prosecution simply failed to prove its case, and as a result the jury came to a verdict in only a few hours of deliberations. Kelly had faced a potential 15 years in prison if convicted.
The high-profile charges caused serious damage to Kelly’s career, as many assumed him to be guilty. It is unknown whether Kelly will pursue a malicious prosecution case against the state of New York.