A federal indictment in opposition to R. Kelly was up to date Friday to incorporate new prices that the R&B singer abused one other teenage lady. Prosecutors accuse Kelly of abusing the lady for as many as 4 years, starting when she was 14 or 15 years previous within the late 1990s.
It is the newest in a protracted string of prices in opposition to the multiplatinum recording artist. In December, he was charged with bribing a federal worker with a purpose to get hold of a pretend ID for the late singer Aaliyah, who Kelly married in 1994 when she was 15 and he was 27. He additionally faces 5 extra prices in New York, together with kidnapping and sexual exploitation of a kid. Previous to the up to date indictment filed in Illinois, the singer was already set to face trial in that jurisdiction on prices together with youngster pornography. Illinois federal prosecutors at the moment are in search of the forfeiture of all property from Kelly’s manufacturing firm and one other firm owned by his former supervisor, who has been charged with serving to Kelly cowl up his alleged crimes.
In 2008, Kelly was acquitted at trial on prices of kid pornography, after the the household of his accused sufferer refused to cooperate with prosecutors. However Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly documentary collection sparked renewed public curiosity within the a long time of kid abuse accusations which have dogged the singer. Inside weeks of the collection’ January 2019 debut, Kelly was charged with sexual abuse for the primary time since his 2008 trial. The alleged sufferer in that case, who then refused to testify at trial, is now cooperating with federal prosecutors.
In an announcement to CNN, Kelly’s legal professional mentioned that the singer and his authorized staff “dispute” the brand new abuse cost. His trial date is about for April 27th.