Prosecutors describe the news as a "routine pre-trial move"...
Seven of the 21 charges against embattled R&B star R KELLY have been dropped ahead of his trial.
In what prosecutors in Chicago describe as a “routine pre-trial move”, they have dropped a number of charges that involve soliciting a minor to appear in child pornography, reports Billboard.
Kelly was arrested in June 2002 after videotape surfaced allegedly showing him having sex with an underage girl. A spokesperson for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office said: “It’s a matter of course in cases like this that we’d drop charges right before trial.”
While no trial date has been set, the next hearing takes place on April 2.