R Kelly Charged With 11 New Counts Of Sexual Abuse
According to court records the victims are between the ages of 13 and 16.
R. Kelly has been charged with 11 new counts related to aggravated criminal sex assault, criminal sex assault, and aggravated criminal sex abuse.
In a report from CBS Chicago, among the 11 charges are four aggravated criminal sex assault charges that are Class X felonies.
According to CBS, court records for the four charges identify the victims only by initials, and the dates of the alleged abuse. Per CBS:
“H.W. (13-16 years of age), victim of four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse between May 26, 1998, and May 25, 1999;
J.P. (13-16 years of age), victim of three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse between May 1, 2009, and Jan. 31, 2010;
R.L. (13-16 years of age), victim of two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse between Sept. 26, 1998, and Sept. 25, 2001;
L.C. (no age given), victim of one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse on Feb. 18, 2003.”
Megan Crepeau, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, tweeted that the Class X charges Kelly is facing “are far more serious than the other pending cases he faces.”
BREAKING – R Kelly has been charged with 11 new counts of sex assault and sex abuse-related charges, per court records
— Megan Crepeau (@crepeau) May 30, 2019
“That’s the most serious class of felony in Illinois, short of murder. 6-30 years mandatory,” she tweeted.
Kelly is due in court on these allegation on June 6.
Last month came news that Lifetime was making a new follow-up special for its Surviving R. Kelly documentary series.
Titled Surviving R. Kelly: The Impact, the two-hour special will be hosted by Soledad O’Brien and will highlight “the impact the documentary has had on our culture globally, how it has elevated the conversation on sexual violence and what it means to be a survivor.”
Source: CBS Chicago