Famous R&B singer R. Kelly has been indicted on charges of criminal sexual abuse on Friday after more than a decade of allegations.
The singer, whose name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was indicted by a grand jury that was convened in February.
The indictment comes after attorney Michael Avenatti gave authorities a video he found of the singer allegedly engaging in sex acts with a 14-year-old girl, The Chicago Tribune reported.
In a bombshell development, R&B superstar R. Kelly was indicted Friday on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, court records show.
It was not immediately clear how many alleged victims were involved, but three of the indictments referred to a minor between the ages of 13 and 16, according to the charges.
The charges come after damning allegations in a recent documentary series spurred Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to make an unusual public plea last month for any Kelly accusers to come forward, and a recent groundswell of social media backlash called for a boycott of Kelly’s music.
High-profile attorney Michael Avenatti said last week that he had given Foxx’s office a VHS tape showing Kelly engaging in sex years ago with an underage girl.
This marks the second time that Kelly has been charged with a sex crime by Cook County prosecutors. Armed with a sex tape then as well, prosecutors accused the singer of child pornography, but following a sensational trial in 2008, a jury acquitted him of charges alleging he filmed himself having sex with his goddaughter, a girl estimated to have been as young as 13.
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Kelly’s attorney, Steven Greenberg, has consistently denied allegations of wrongdoing and expressed confidence the singer would be cleared of any possible charges.
CNN has reported that it has seen the tape that Avenatti gave to Cook County prosecutors. The New Yorker and other media outlets also reported on the surfacing of the sex tape.
BREAKING: Cook County State’s Attorney @SAKimFoxx announces 2pm news conference to announce charges against R Kelly.
— Rob Elgas (@RobElgasABC7) February 22, 2019
R. Kelly Charged With 10 Counts Of Sexual Abuse https://t.co/Ifvo4qQIPt
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) February 22, 2019
BREAKING: Singer R. Kelly charged with multiple counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Illinois.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 22, 2019
There is a court appearance set for March 8 at 9am.
— 𝕊𝕥𝕖𝕡𝕙𝕒𝕟𝕚𝕖 𝕎𝕒𝕤𝕙 (@WashNews) February 22, 2019
BREAKING: R. Kelly charged with several counts of sex abuse in Cook County – https://t.co/CMQXwa5VfI pic.twitter.com/T6JdOZnqxk
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) February 22, 2019
From R. Kelly to Epstein to Kraft, this week signals the start of a reckoning for those wealthy and privileged men who exploit vulnerable women and girls to satisfy their sexual needs.
The time has come. #MeToo
— Adrienne Lawrence (@AdrienneLaw) February 22, 2019
Musician R. Kelly, who’s been associated with accusations of abusing young women for decades, has been indicted, sources tell CNN https://t.co/kUu0wYDCvu pic.twitter.com/mA8t1ceLF8
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) February 22, 2019
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