R. Kelly Has Been Indicted With 11 More Sexual Assault And Abuse Charges
The new charges were filed by a grand jury in Illinois and involve a woman who was under the age of 18 at the time of the alleged abuse.
R. Kelly was indicted Thursday with 11 additional counts of sexual assault and abuse charges related to one alleged victim.
Kelly faces four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, two counts of criminal sexual assault, and five counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, according to court documents. The new charges were filed by a Cook County grand jury and involve a woman who was under the age of 18 at the time of the alleged abuse.
The indictment accuses Kelly of ejaculating onto the victim's body and committing acts of sexual penetration by the use or threat of force. In some cases, Kelly committed battery in the course of the crimes, the documents said.
Kelly was arrested in February on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four women, three of whom were underage during the alleged acts. He recently served two stints in jail, first for failing to post $100,000 bond on sexual abuse charges, and then for failing to pay his ex-wife $161,663 in child support.
Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, said Thursday that the new charges involve one of four alleged victims identified in both indictments as J.P.
"These 'new' charges are not really new — they are the same conduct, just charged differently, same alleged victim, same time frame, same facts," Greenberg said in an email to BuzzFeed News. "And we still expect the same results."
In 2017, J.P. told BuzzFeed News about how she began a sexual relationship with Kelly at the age of 16 after he was acquitted on child pornography charges in 2008.
Three of the 10 counts filed against Kelly in February involved J.P. for incidents that occurred between 2009 and 2010, according to the Cook County State's Attorney's office.
The R&B singer has been the subject of sexual misconduct allegations dating back to the 1990s; the Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, which aired earlier this year, details these accounts.