Prosecutors in Chicago filed updated charges against R. Kelly Friday, accusing the R&B singer of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four girls.
The new charges against Mr. Kelly bring the total of charges to 10 after prosecutors last year charged the singer with 14 counts of child pornography, charges stemming from a video that allegedly showed him having sex with a girl as young as 13. That case is now going to a jury. Mr. Kelly’s attorneys claim it was doctored.
The first cases against the singer were filed in 2002, when he was found not guilty on child pornography charges. That jury acquitted Mr. Kelly of the 2002 charges, but prosecutors charged him with several counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse after it was revealed that his accuser was not only a minor but that prosecutors had traveled with the girl to make an appearance in the television show “Making the Band,” on which Mr. Kelly had a role.
Prosecutors said the girl, back in 2003, had sexual intercourse with the singer against her will, and that two other girls were allegedly abused by Mr. Kelly in the same way. Prosecutors said that they had videotape evidence of the singer having sex with all three victims.
In December, one of the accusers spoke out for the first time about her allegations, saying that Mr. Kelly groomed her, controlled her and repeatedly sexually abused her while he owned her. In a series of interviews with “Good Morning America,” the woman said that she had only recently learned that it was Mr. Kelly who was abusing her.
The woman said she tried to run away, but that Mr. Kelly found her. After she was tried and found guilty of burglary and theft, Mr. Kelly got her a place to stay and then paid for her college, the woman told “Good Morning America.” She said Mr. Kelly told her, “You’re the first woman I’ve had who could run away and I can make things happen for you.”
Mr. Kelly is considered one of the biggest stars in the R&B and hip-hop genres and is one of the most influential and respected singers of the modern era. He rose to fame in the 1980s with hits such as “Ignition,” “You Are Not Alone” and “Hotel Room Service.” He has written numerous hits for other artists, such as the singer Usher.