— 2 women accuse #RKelly of sexual misconduct in 1990s
— R&B singer R Kelly charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse, reports say.
After 25 years of serial sexual abuse and assault of underage girls, the day of reckoning for R Kelly has arrived.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) February 22, 2019
R Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Illinois, according to local Chicago media.
Numerous women have accused Kelly, 52, of sexual abuse over the past 20 years but he has only appeared before a judge once.
The new charges, filed in Cook county, include nine counts that specify the victim was between 13 and 15, according to CBS Chicago. The 10th count did not specify the age of the victim.
Kelly could appear in court as early as 8 March.
Multiple women have accused Kelly of violent and controlling behavior, including allegations he had sex with girls as young as 14 and brainwashed young women in what their parents described as a “cult”.
A recently aired documentary, Surviving R Kelly, featured testimony from some of these women and prompted new investigations.
On Thursday, two additional women came forward to accuse Kelly of sexual abuse.
The women, Latresa Scaff and Rochelle Washington, said they were teenagers in Baltimore, Maryland, when Kelly brought them back to his hotel after a concert, exposed himself to them and had sex with Scaff, who was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana.
The women said they never saw or heard from Kelly again after they left the hotel.
Kelly has previously denied wrongdoing. He recorded a song last year professing his innocence, singing: “I’m so falsely accused.”
In 2008, he appeared before a judge after being accused of making child abuse images by filming sexual encounters, including one in which he allegedly urinated over an underage girl. A jury was not able to identify beyond doubt the man or the girl in the video, and Kelly was acquitted.