R. Kelly charged with sexually abusing 4 victims, 3 of them minors
R&B superstar R. Kelly will reportedly turn himself in to authorities Friday night and is scheduled to appear in bond court in Chicago Saturday to face charges of 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Cook County prosecutors alleged in an indictment filed Friday that the abuse involved four victims, at least three of them minors, in instances from 1998 to 2010. The minors were between 13 and 16 years of age.
Prosecutors appeared before Judge Dennis Porter Friday, who approved a no-bail warrant for Kelly.
At a news conference Friday, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx briefly went through the charges against the singer. Each count is a Class 2 felony, each of which can be punished by three to seven years in prison or as little as probation.
Kelly’s attorney, Steven Greenberg, said before Foxx’s news conference that he had not been notified that his client had been charged. Later Friday afternoon, Greenberg told reporters outside R. Kelly’s Near West Side studio that Kelly would be cleared.
“He’s going to go to bond court, and he’s gonna get out,” he said. “They’re making him a sacrificial lamb for their own sake and there’s no merit to any of this.”
Kelly is 52 years old. He was born in 1967.