R. Kelly facing 11 new charges
Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 5/31/2019, 11:34 a.m.
R&B singer R. Kelly has been charged with 11 more sexual assault charges, some of which are classified as felonies and could land the award-winning singer/songwriter in prison. According to multiple news sources, including CNN and Rolling Stone, the new set of charges, which Cook County prosecutors filed Thursday, are the most serious R. Kelly has faced so far. They 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 sexual abuse against a victim aged 13 to 16 years.
The four aggravated criminal sexual assault charges are classified as Class X felonies and carry a potential prison sentence of up to 30 years. Kelly is scheduled to appear in court June 6th. Per court documents, Kelly allegedly forced the victim to perform multiple sexual acts, including oral sex and penetration. The identity of the victim is unknown, though as the Chicago Sun Times notes, it could be one of the same victims in the previous case brought against R. Kelly, as both are referred to by the initials “J.P.”
Speaking with the Sun Times, R. Kelly’s attorney Steve Greenberg said, “We’ll see what the charges are, and we’ll proceed accordingly. I know this much: it’s old. They’re allegations from years ago.” In February, Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for allegedly abusing four women, three of whom were underage at the time. He ha pleaded not guilty and since been released on $1 million bond.
Along with the deluge of criminal charges, Kelly is also facing a civil suit brought by one woman, who is referred to by the initials “H.W.” in the February charges. While a judge granted a default judgement against the singer in April for ignoring the suit, that decision was later vacated after the singer’s lawyer claimed Kelly was illiterate and never responded to the court summonses. A new court date was set for June 19th.