CHICAGO — Prosecutors have dropped seven of 21 charges against R&B singer R. Kelly in his child pornography case, in what they described as a routine pretrial move.
Kelly was arrested in June 2002 after a videotape surfaced allegedly showing him having sex with an underage girl. He remains charged with 14 counts of child pornography, and has pleaded not guilty.
The seven counts dropped involved charges of soliciting a minor to appear in child pornography, said Jerry Lawrence, spokesman for the Cook County state's attorney's office.
"It's a matter of course in cases like this that we'd drop charges right before trial," Lawrence said Friday.
At a December court hearing, defense lawyer Edward Genson had moved to dismiss those counts, arguing that the statute Kelly supposedly violated was enacted after the tape allegedly was shot.