R Kelly, embattled American R&B singer, has been indicted on 11 new charges of sexual assault and abuse.
The charges, filed on Thursday by a Cook County grand jury in Illinois, is coming after the singer was earlier arrested and arraigned on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four alleged female victims.
According to the court records, as reported by Chicago Tribune reporter, the 52-year-old singer now faces four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, two counts of criminal sexual assault and five counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
These Class X sex assault charges are far more serious than the other pending cases he faces. That’s the most serious class of felony in Illinois, short of murder. 6-30 years mandatory. pic.twitter.com/TucuQU7mt9Advertisement
— Megan Crepeau (@crepeau) May 30, 2019
The indictment, which involves a woman who was under the age of 18 at the time of the alleged abuse, accuses Kelly of ejaculating on the victim’s body and committing acts of sexual penetration under threat of force.
Although numerous news reports have had it that R Kelly is set to appear in court next week to face the new charges, Stephen Greenberg, the singer’s lawyer, claimed that the charges in question have not formed a new case.
“He was recharged in an existing case. It changes nothing. These are same conducts, same alleged victims, same time frame, same facts. We expect the same results,” Greenberg wrote in a tweet.
#RKelly These are the same conduct, just charged differently, same alleged victim, same time frame, same facts. We expect the same results
— Steve Greenberg (@SGcrimlaw) May 30, 2019Advertisement
R. Kelly’s sexual abuse and pedophilia allegations date back to the 1990s.
The singer was recently re-arrested and later released over unpaid child support after his emotional outpour in an interview with CBS news. This came after a woman who paid his $100,000 bail received “bomb threats.”
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