‘Shell-shocked’ R Kelly arrested after handing himself in to police | US News


R Kelly has been arrested after handing himself in to police to face 10 charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

It is expected the singer will be held overnight and appear in court on Saturday where he will be given the option of posting bail.

The R&B star, whose legal name is Robert Kelly, has faced allegations of sexual misconduct with underage girls for decades. He has denied any wrongdoing.

On Friday, Kelly, 52, was charged in Chicago with the aggravated sexual assault of four people between 1998 and 2010, including three teenage girl.

R Kelly is expected to be held overnight ahead of a court appearance on Saturday
R Kelly is expected to be held overnight ahead of a court appearance on Saturday

The teenagers were aged between 13 and 17 when they were allegedly attacked.

If found guilty, Kelly could face up to 70 years in prison.

Speaking after the charges were brought, his lawyer Steve Greenberg said Kelly is “extraordinarily disappointed and depressed. He is shell-shocked by this.”

Mr Greenberg said his offer to sit down with prosecutors before charges were filed was refused.

“Unfortunately, they have succumbed to the court of public opinion, who’ve convicted him,” he said.

Kelly was charged a week after attorney Michael Avenatti, who represents some of the victims, said he gave prosecutors video evidence of the three-time Grammy award winner with an underage girl.

Mr Avenatti said a 14-year-old girl seen with R Kelly on the video is among four victims linked to the charges.

R Kelly pictured in 2018
R Kelly faces up to 70 years in prison if found guilty

He said the video shows two separate incidents on different days at Kelly’s residence in the late 1990s and both the victim and Kelly refer to her age 10 times in the footage.

Avenatti said he believes more than 10 other people associated with the singer should be charged for enabling the assaults.

Kelly’s arrest comes six weeks after the documentary Surviving R Kelly examined old sexual misconduct allegations against the R&B star.

Shortly after the documentary aired, one of Kelly’s former managers handed himself in to police in Georgia, where he was wanted on a charge of making threats against one of the families that took part in the documentary.

In 2008, Kelly was acquitted of child pornography charges connected to a video prosecutors claimed showed him having sex with a girl.

Although witnesses testified it was the singer and the girl in the footage, she decided not to take the stand.

Kelly could have been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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