Famous figures accused of sexual misconduct
Chicago prosecutor drops R. Kelly sexual abuse charges, Marilyn Manson faces fresh charges for sexual assault of minor
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The era of #MeToo has brought waves of fresh sexual misconduct allegations against some prominent and powerful figures. It might seem like all of these accusations are new, but the fact is that victims are only just starting to feel more comfortable in sharing their experiences, and these acts of sexual misconduct and abuse have been going on for many, many years. The difference is that, now, people are paying attention.
The disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly was arrested in 2019 after decades of abusing women and young girls and was put on trial in New York in 2021. He was convicted and sentenced, but still had more crimes to answer for. He appeared in court in Chicago for a second trial in August of 2022 and was found guilty once again, convicted on three counts of producing illicit material of minors and three counts of enticing minors for sex, each of which carries a potential sentence of more than 10 years.
But a Chicago prosecutor said on January 30 that she’s dropping sexual abuse charges against Kelly despite his prior federal convictions which will already guarantee the disgraced R&B star will be locked up for decades. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced the decision a day prior to a hearing related to state charges accusing him of sexually abusing four people, three of whom were minors. “While today’s cases are no longer being pursued, we believe justice has been served," Foxx said.
The public is still learning how to deal with figures accused of sexual crimes and those who protect them, but by putting these stories in the spotlight, a discussion can be had about the power structures that enable these patterns, the faults our society has had in the past in dealing with them, and the steps we can take to do better.
Read through this gallery to discover other defamed faces who have been accused of sexual misconduct.
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