Watch R. Kelly turn himself in to police after sexual abuse charges

February 23, 2019 at 07:00 am | News

Mildred Europa Taylor

Mildred Europa Taylor | Associate Editor

February 23, 2019 at 07:00 am | News

R. Kelly turns himself in to police

Singer R.Kelly turned himself in to a Chicago police station Friday night, hours after being charged with sexual abuse.

Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Illinois’ Cook County on Friday afternoon and is expected to appear in court on Saturday for a bail hearing. Arraignment is set for March 8, CNN reports.

If convicted, Kelly faces three to seven years in prison for each count.

The incidents, in which three of the alleged victims were minors, took place between 1998 and 2010. The victims were identified only by their initials in a press conference and legal documents, Variety reported.

The indictment came days after a sex tape reportedly surfaced featuring Kelly engaging in sexual acts with an underage girl, according to CNN. TMZ reported that a grand jury was convened in the case in Cook County, Illinois, earlier this week and that two women had testified.

Kelly has faced several accusations of abuse, manipulation and inappropriate encounters with young girls and women for more than two decades, but he has never been convicted.

In recent times, two women came forward at a press conference, accusing the singer of misconduct when they were 16 and 15 years old respectively.

When “Surviving R. Kelly,” a Lifetime docu-series that aired earlier this year revealed years of allegations of sexual misconduct against the singer, scores of people criticized the musician and hoped that the alleged victims would get justice.

Meanwhile, R. Kelly has strongly denied any allegations of abuse or misconduct. His attorney, Steve Greenberg, said Cook County State’s Attorney, Kim Foxx, succumbed to public pressure and that his client is an innocent man.

“I think all the women are lying,” Greenberg said.

Watch the moment Kelly arrived at the Chicago police station Friday night:

Video credit: TMZ

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