In news just in, R. Kelly has been charged with ten counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuses, with Chicago police now serving a warrant for his arrest.
The other shoe has finally dropped. R. Kelly, who has long been associated with accusations of abusing young women has been indicted, as revealed by CNN. According to Chicago police, a warrant has been issued for Kelly’s arrest.
The Chicago Sun-Times believes that the indictment covers charges from 1998 to 2010, and the minors in the case were aged between 13 and 16. Per CNN, “…a grand jury was convened in Cook County earlier this month in connection with new allegations against Kelly, two sources close to the case told CNN. That came on the heels of attorney Michael Avenatti announcing he had handed over to the State’s Attorney’s Office a videotape that he said showed Kelly having sex with an underage girl.”
Kelly’s legal representative told CNN that he had not been notified of a grand jury, and any further evidence against Kelly was beyond him. According to their report, CNN has seen the tape that “appears to show Kelly having sex with a girl who refers to her body parts as 14 years old.”
Again, according to CNN, “…the newly unearthed footage, which lasts 42 minutes and 45 seconds, is clear and explicit. What is on the video mirrors some of the alleged acts for which Kelly was arrested in a child pornography case in 2002 when he was 35 and then acquitted six years later.”
The ten charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse boil down like this, according to Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx:
- The first victim, initials H.W., was involved in incidents which occurred between May 26, 1998, and May 25, 1999. A grand jury returned an indictment on four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse based on the victim being under the age of 17, and Kelly being more than five years older than the victim.
- The second victim, initials R.L., was involved in an incident which occurred between Sept. 26, 1998, and Sept. 25, 2001. A grand jury returned an indictment on two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse based on the victim being under the age of 17, and Kelly being more than five years older than that victim.
- The third victim, initials L.C., was involved in an incident which occurred Feb. 18, 2003. A grand jury returned an indictment on one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse based on the transmission of semen by Kelly upon any part of the body of the victim for the purposes of sexual gratification during the course of an underlying felony of attempted criminal sexual assault.
- The fourth victim, initials J.P., was involved in incidents which occurred between May 1, 2009, and Jan. 31, 2010. The grand jury returned an indictment on three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse based on the victim being under the age of 17 and Kelly being more than five years older than the victim.
For the last two decades, Kelly has associated with accusations of abuse, manipulation and inappropriate encounters with girls and young women. He has been sued multiple times, with women accusing him of performing sexual acts with them when they were underage. Kelly has vehemently denied all these claims, and bar one trial where he was acquitted, the remainder have been settled out of court.
Opposing Kelly is certainly part of the zeitgeist. In the morning of the decade, comedian Dave Chappelle lampooned the man’s purported sexual proclivities, his music has been removed from Spotify, and a documentary series, “Surviving R. Kelly” debuted on American television.
Whether he his guilty or innocent of these charges, we will certainly see, but today certainly represents the day for those who have spoken against him. Kelly’s bond hearing is scheduled for tomorrow.