R. Kelly Has Been Arrested For Aggravated Sexual Abuse
He's facing up to 70 years in prison.
Warning: This article discusses sexual and child abuse.
Rapper R. Kelly is in police custody after being indicted on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Kelly turned himself over to Chicago police on Friday night local time. His attorney Steve Greenberg told media his client was “shell-shocked” and “an innocent man”.
“I think all the women are lying,” Greenberg said of Kelly’s accusers.
According to Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, the charges against Kelly relate to offences that are alleged to have taken place between 1998 and 2010 involving four victims aged between 13 and 16.
Allegations of sexual abuse and paedophelia have swirled around Kelly for years, and were outlined in the recent documentary series Surviving R. Kelly. Today’s indictment comes after prosecutors reportedly came into possession of a tape that shows the rapper having sex with an underage girl.
The rapper is expected for attend a bail hearing later today. If convicted, he could spend up to 70 years in prison.
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