R Kelly surrenders to police after sexual abuse charges

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United States (US) musician, R Kelly, has surrendered to police in Chicago after being charged with 10 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. He is expected to appear in court later on Saturday and will be formally charged on the 8th of March.

In the latest development, Cook County prosecutors reportedly received a 45-minute video tape 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’d 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.

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