R. Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse in Cook County, Illinois, E! News.
Documents show that there are four alleged victims, nine of Kelly’s charges involving alleged victims aged 13 to 16 years. In the state of Illinois, the charge of sexual abuse is a “class 2” crime, each count can result in a maximum of three to seven years in prison.
TMZ reported early Friday that two women had testified before a grand jury in Chicago, alleging that R. Kelly had sex with minors, one of the women supposedly bringing physical evidence. According to the media, one of the alleged victims testified that she was a minor when she had sex with R. Kelly between 2008 and 2010 in the state of Illinois.
When the news of R. Kelly’s indictment fell, lawyer Michael Avenatti tweeted, “It’s over.”
“After 25 years of serial sexual abuse and aggression against young minors, the day of judgment arrived for R. Kelly,” he wrote in a second tweet.
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
Avenatti also told NBC News: “After 10 months of work and providing overwhelming evidence to Kim Foxx and his team, we are very pleased that justice is done in this case.” As a father of two teenage girls, is particularly gratifying from a personal point of view. ”
These charges fall less than two months after the conclusion of a Lifetime docu-series on R. Kelly exposing allegations of abuse against the 52-year-old man.
R. Kelly has never stopped denying any allegations of abuse or misconduct over the years.