R. Kelly Officially Charged With 10 Counts Of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse

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Officials in Cook County have charged singer R. Kelly with 10 counts of criminal sexual abuse, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune reported Friday, citing court records.

Yet for all the fresh anger that followed the publication of the BuzzFeed piece, allegations of sexual misconduct by R. Kelly are nothing new: Questions have swirled around his behavior with teenage girls since at least 1994, when R. Kelly - then 27 - briefly married his 15-year-old protégée, Aaliyah.

R. Kelly's attorney Steven Greenberg has previously denied his client has committed any wrongdoing.

The singer and songwriter, whose legal name is Robert Kelly, rose from poverty on Chicago's South Side and has retained a sizable following, despite the accusations.

From the middle 1990s onward, Kelly's songs, including "I Believe I Can Fly" and "Ignition" dominated the pop and R&B charts.

The surfacing of the alleged sex tape, which reportedly shows Kelly "sexually assaulting an underage girl", seemed to push the case forward.

Representatives for R. Kelly claim he will turn himself in voluntarily, when he will certainly be sent to jail, since it's a no-bail arrest warrant.

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The decision also sets a serious precedent and possible legal challenges as it's generally hard to lose United States citizenship.

Foxx said she was "sickened" by the accounts described in the "Surviving R. Kelly" Lifetime television series. If Kelly is convicted on all 10 counts, a judge could decide that the sentences run one after the other - making it possible for him to receive up to 70 years behind bars. "After 25 years of serial sexual abuse and assault of underage girls, the day of reckoning for R Kelly has arrived". The documentary included members of Kelly's inner circle who said they witnessed the award victor allegedly abusing women and girls. This news comes a week after a grand jury met to review a sex tape showing a man who appears to be Kelly having sex with a minor that was submitted to authorities by Michael Avenatti.

While he is one of the most successful R&B acts in history, there has been a growing movement against him, including the #MuteRKelly campaign to stop his music being played.

Avenatti said he is aware of at least two other tapes "in existence" - one of which they recovered already.

Accusations of sexual abuse have dogged Kelly for more than two decades.

Social media erupted again on Friday after the charges were announced.

Without providing further detail, Allred said some women she is representing fear video or audio recordings of their relations with Kelly may be circulating.

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