Statement on the federal indictment of Robert Kelly

July 12, 2019

Regarding news of the federal indictment of Robert Kelly, Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx released the following statement:

“Today’s indictment by our federal law enforcement partners demonstrates the collaborative efforts of our criminal justice system. My office was pleased to work together to secure these charges and will continue to work with our colleagues in the pursuit of justice for all victims. And let us be clear: this is not just about surviving R. Kelly. For most victims, it’s about surviving a less famous abuser, a trusted adult, or a total stranger. 

 “As a prosecutor and a survivor of sexual assault, I recognize the courage it takes to come forward, and I understand the trauma of doing so. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office will continue to prioritize public safety and support all victims of crime, and we will remain a compassionate resource for survivors as they regain their power and heal.”

At a news conference on January 8, 2019, State’s Attorney Foxx explained that the office could not prosecute cases of sexual assault or domestic violence without the cooperation of victims and witnesses. Many individuals came forward and provided information, making the charges brought today possible.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office is committed to seeking justice for crime victims.  We encourage anyone with information to come forward and contact our Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Division at 773-674-6492.