R. Kelly Charged With 10 Counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse in Illinois

February 22, 2019


From "Trapped in the Closet" to--maybe, finally--trapped in the slammer. Singer R. Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Cook County, Illinois, on Friday, after months of scrutiny into the artist's past transgressions. Kelly's attorney, Steven Greenberg, said early Friday afternoon that he had yet to be notified that his client had been charged, while sources told the Chicago Sun-Times that prosecutors planned to appear before a judge later in the day to sign off on an arrest warrant for Kelly. The charges follow damning allegations made against Kelly in the Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, which prompted Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to publicly request that any Kelly accusers come forward. The Chicago Tribune also notes this is the second time Kelly has charged in Cook County for sex crimes. In 2008, a jury acquitted him after he was accused of filming himself having sex with his underage goddaughter.