Jury Acquits R. Kelly Of All Counts

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago jury has acquitted singer R. Kelly of all charges in his child pornography trial.

Kelly dabbed his face with a handkerchief and hugged each of his four lawyers after the not-guilty verdicts were read. He had faced 15 years in prison if convicted.

The Grammy-award winner left the courthouse minutes later without commenting. Dozens of fans screamed and cheered as Kelly climbed into an SUV.

It took jurors less than a day of deliberations to clear the R&B superstar of all 14 counts.

Prosecutors had argued that a videotape showed Kelly having sex with a girl as young as 13. Both the 41-year-old Kelly and the now 23-year-old alleged victim had denied they were the ones on the tape. Neither of them testified in the trial.