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Chicago, IL – R. Kelly’s lawyer believes his client is facing a tougher battle in his sexual abuse case due to the outcome of Jussie Smollett’s highly-publicized disorderly conduct case.

Attorney Steven Greenberg thinks the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office will be eager to prosecute Kelly to the fullest extent after dropping 16 felony charges against Smollett.

“I think it makes it more difficult for a friendly disposition because they’re going to be extremely reluctant to admit they brought these cases with scant evidence or that there are any other problems,” Greenberg told TMZ.

Greenberg suspects Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx will view Kelly’s case as an opportunity for redemption after facing intense criticism from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson for dropping all charges against Smollett.

The former Empire actor has maintained his innocence, but police believe Smollett staged an attack on himself and filed a false police report in January.

Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He is facing up to 70 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

The controversial singer has denied the allegations so far. He also broke down into tears while speaking about the situation during an infamous interview with CBS This Morning co-anchor Gayle King.

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