Facing serious prison time. R. Kelly was hit with a slew of new sexual assault
charges from Chicago prosecutors on Thursday, May 30, Us Weekly can confirm.
According to court documents obtained by Us, the “Ignition” singer, 52, has been
charged with 11 felony counts, some of which carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.
The new charges include four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, two counts of
criminal sexual assault by force, two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and
three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against an alleged victim between the ages of 13 to 16.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the allegations stem from offenses that allegedly
occurred Opens a New Window. in 2010. They have been made on behalf of a new alleged
victim and are separate from the 10 charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse made
against Kelly from four other alleged victims in February, three of whom are underage.
Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, told the Sun-Times on Thursday that he has not yet seen the charges.
“We’ll see what the charges are, and we’ll proceed accordingly,” he said. “I know this much: it’s old. They’re allegations from years ago.”
Gloria Allred, meanwhile, who represents several of the singer’s alleged victims, told Us
exclusively that the addition of the new charges changes the outlook of his pending case drastically.
“R. Kelly is facing a very serious escalation of the charges against him. He will now have
to face numerous accusers in a court of law,” Allred said. “Also, whatever the result of the criminal case
filed against him in Cook County, I think that it is highly likely that he will face other
charges in other jurisdictions. Justice is on the way.”