R. Kelly wept as the jury announced "not guilty"
for all 14 counts, sparing the musician from up to 15 years in an Illinois state prison. The jury spent three hours Thursday and some time Friday deliberating the case.
Kelly did not testify in the highly publicized trial
, which focused on a 27-minute videotape. Prosecuters argued that the video, which had been anonymously sent to a Chicago Sun-Times music critic in 2002, portrayed Kelly having sex with and urinating on his goddaughter. The defense brought in an expert witness who claimed that the man in the video did not have the same mole on his back as Kelly has.
More than a dozen witnesses said that Kelly was the man in the tape, however. But the prosecution's case suffered because Kelly's goddaughter said she was not the girl in the video. The singer has continued to record music
and tour since being indicted. He recently released the single “Hair Braider,” from his album “12 Play: Fourth Quarter.”