A Chicago jury has acquitted R. Kelly on all counts at his child pornography trial.
The verdict came six years after the R&B superstar was first charged with videotaping himself having sex with a young girl. Prosecutors said she was as young as 13 at the time.
The Grammy award-winning singer dabbed his face with a handkerchief and hugged each of his four attorneys after the verdict was read. The singer faced 15 years in prison if convicted.
During the trial, the prosecution’s star witness was a woman who said she engaged in three-way sex with Kelly and the girl from the video. Defense attorneys argued the man on the tape didn’t have a large mole on his back, as Kelly does.
Both Kelly and the now 23-year-old alleged victim denied they were the ones appearing on the tape, which was played for the jury at the beginning and end of the trial. Neither Kelly nor the alleged victim testified at trial.