Grammy-winning R&B singer R. Kelly, who for years has confronted allegations that he abused ladies and underage ladies, was due in courtroom in Chicago on Saturday to listen to prices that he sexually assaulted 4 individuals, together with three youngsters.
The 52-year-old, whose actual identify is Robert Kelly, was charged with a 10-count indictment on Friday, almost two months after the Lifetime tv community aired a six-hour documentary sequence “Surviving R. Kelly” during which a number of ladies accused him of sexual misconduct and abuse.
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Kelly surrendered to police on Friday night and Saturday’s preliminary courtroom look is a bond listening to.
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His lawyer Steven Greenberg informed reporters on Friday night time: “I think that is succumbing to public stress. I feel they shouldn’t have rushed to judgment. He’s an harmless man.”
At a short information convention on Friday, the Cook dinner County state’s lawyer, Kimberly Foxx, stated three of the 4 victims have been beneath age 17 on the time of the abuse, which dated again so far as 1998. She didn’t touch upon the main points of the fees, which every carry a most sentence of 10 years in jail.
Lawyer Michael Avenatti, recognized for representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her authorized battle in opposition to President Donald Trump, stated at a separate information convention on Friday that he had obtained a videotape from the late 1990s depicting Kelly performing sexual acts with a 14-year-old lady.
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Avenatti, who stated he represents two victims, two dad and mom and two whistleblowers from Kelly’s inside circle, informed reporters he had given the tape to authorities.
Greater than a decade in the past, Kelly was acquitted of kid pornography prices in Chicago. That case stemmed from a video purportedly displaying Kelly having intercourse with an underage lady; each Kelly and the lady denied they have been within the video.
Kelly, greatest recognized for his hit single “I Consider I Can Fly,” has for years denied accusations of abuse.
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In 1994, he married his 15-year-old protege, the singer Aaliyah, a union that was annulled months later due to her age. Aaliyah died in a aircraft crash in 2001.
“Surviving R. Kelly” touched off a brand new furor when it debuted in January, prompting his document label, Sony Music-owned RCA, to finish its relationship with the performer.
“We’re proud that Lifetime was in a position to present a platform for survivors to be heard,” Lifetime stated in a press release on Friday.
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It was not clear if any of the alleged victims, who weren’t named within the indictment, have been the identical as these within the documentary.
Kelly, a three-time Grammy winner whose hits additionally embody “Bump N’ Grind” and “Your Physique’s Callin,” grew up in a Chicago public housing mission the place, in response to his autobiography, he was sexually abused starting at age eight.