R.Kelly charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse

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Musician R.Kelly has been charged with ten counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

The R&B singer, who has faced charges of sexual misconduct for two decades, was indicted by a grand jury in Cook County, Illinois.

In the latest development, Cook County prosecutors reportedly received a 45-minute videotape said to show R. Kelly performing sex acts with a girl who talks about her age and her 14-year old genitalia.

The multi-award-winning musician, known for hits like “I believe I can Fly”, has consistently denied the charges with a statement from his lawyer indicating that he never knowingly engaged in sex with underage women or forced anyone to do anything.

Multiple women have accused the 52 year-old singer of physical, mental and sexual abuse.

A documentary series released and aired earlier this year titled “Surviving R. Kelly” focused on Kelly’s history of sexual abuse and brought an international spotlight on his alleged predatory behaviour.

In 2002 he was indicted and later acquitted on 21 counts of child pornography over a video made in the late 1990s purportedly showing him engaged in sexual acts with a 13 year-old.

His first court appearance is scheduled for March 8th.

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