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R&B star R. Kelly acquitted in child porn case

Michael Tarm AP 06/14/2008 16:00
R&B singer R. Kelly leaves the Cook County Criminal Court Building Friday, June 13, 2008, in Chicago after a jury found him not guilty on all counts in his child pornography trial. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

R&B singer R. Kelly leaves the Cook County Criminal Court Building Friday, June 13, 2008, in Chicago after a jury found him not guilty on all counts in his child pornography trial. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


CHICAGO (AP) — Much was made of whether R. Kelly was the man in the sex tape at the center of his child pornography trial. In the end, the R&B superstar walked away because the jury wasn't convinced the female on the graphic video was the 13-year-old girl who prosecutors said she was.



One juror went so far as to say he was convinced the man on the tape was Kelly.

"You want to be 100 percent sure it's Kelly and (the alleged victim)," he said. "What we had wasn't enough."

Panelists said they remained split — seven for acquittal and five for conviction during an early vote — on Friday morning, just a few hours before the verdict. One thing they all agreed on from the start: After bookend viewings of the tape during opening and closing statements, no one needed to see it again.

"I've seen that videotape way too many times," a woman from the panel said, grimacing. "The first time was one too many."

None of the five jurors who spoke after the verdict wanted to be identified.


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