R. Kelly indicted with 11 new counts of sexual abuse
A Cook County grand jury indicted disgraced singer R. Kelly with 11 new counts of sexual abuse on Thursday. The charges involve a woman who was under 18 at the time of the alleged abuse, and carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. The 52-year-old is scheduled to appear in court on June 6, CBS Chicago reports.
According to court documents, Kelly faces four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim between the ages of 13 and 16, two counts of criminal sex assault by force, and two counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse.
Watch the video R. Kelly posted for his estranged daughter's birthday
Last February, Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four women, three of whom were underage at the time of the alleged acts. The R&B singer went on to serve two stints in jail, one for failing pay a $100,000 bond on the sexual abuse charges, and one for failing to pay $161,663 in child support to his ex-wife.
These charges follow a public outcry sparked by Lifetime's bombshell documentary series Surviving R. Kelly, which aired earlier this year.
The show featured interviews with survivors who accused Kelly of running a "sex cult" out of his Chicago and Atlanta-area homes. Allegedly, the singer manipulated women into the cult and forced them to stay against their will. Buzzfeed News originally broke the story in July 2017, interviewing the families of the alleged victims, who say they haven't heard from their daughters since they met Kelly.
Watch R. Kelly's explosive TV interview with CBS' Gayle King:
As for Robert Sylvester Kelly, he has steadfastly denied all accusations of wrongdoing, most notably in an explosive TV interview last March. While speaking to CBS' Gayle King, the singer passionately defended his innocence, getting so emotional that he rose out of his chair. King remained remarkably composed in front of the ranting 6'1 R&B star, creating an iconic television moment.
When asked if he kept women hostage in an abusive sex cult, Kelly said:
"How stupid would it be for R. Kelly, with all I’ve been through in my way, way past to hold somebody, let alone four, five, six, 50 [women], you say, how stupid would I be to do that? Stop it, y’all quit playin’. Quit playin’. I didn’t do this stuff. This is not me. I’m fighting for my f**king life!"