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    R. Kelly Charged With Sexual Abuse in Chicago, Reports Say

    The R&B singer R. Kelly was charged on Friday in Chicago with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, The Chicago Sun-Times and The Chicago Tribune reported, citing court records.

    Mr. Kelly, who has been trailed by accusations of sexual misconduct for two decades, has been under renewed scrutiny since the documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” was broadcast on Lifetime in January.

    The celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti said last week that he had obtained a video showing Mr. Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old girl, and given it to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago. He has said that Mr. Kelly and the girl refer to her age multiple times in the video, which is more than 40 minutes long.

    [What we know about R. Kelly’s two-decade trail of sexual abuse accusations.]

    On Thursday, two additional women came forward at a news conference in New York organized by their lawyer, Gloria Allred, to accuse Mr. Kelly of sexual abuse and misconduct when they were minors. The women, Latresa Scaff, 40, and Rochelle Washington, 39, said they met the singer after a concert in the mid-1990s when they were 16 and 15; they said he asked for a threesome and had sex with Ms. Scaff.

    Steven Greenberg, Mr. Kelly’s lawyer, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but he has said that Mr. Kelly “denies that he has engaged in any illegal conduct, of any kind whatsoever.” Aggravated criminal sexual abuse can carry a sentence of three to seven years in prison.

    Mr. Kelly, 52, has never been convicted of a crime, but he has faced accusations of sexual misconduct and abuse for years. More than 20 years ago, Vibe magazine questioned a marriage certificate that said the singer Aaliyah was 18 when she and Mr. Kelly were wed. She was, in fact, 15 at the time and the marriage was annulled. Mr. Greenberg has said Mr. Kelly did not know she was underage at the time. Aaliyah died in a plane crash in 2001.

    The following year, Mr. Kelly was arrested on child pornography charges, over a tape prosecutors said showed him having sex with and urinating on an underage girl. After six years of delays, Mr. Kelly was acquitted in 2008 on all 14 charges against him. The girl from the video never testified, and Mr. Kelly’s lawyers argued that her identity could not be proven.

    In 2017, the music journalist Jim DeRogatis wrote articles for BuzzFeed that described Mr. Kelly keeping women in a “cult,” in which he separated them from their families and exerted tremendous control over their lives.

    After so many years in which Mr. Kelly seemed impervious to the accusations against him, things seemed to take a turn in January, after “Surviving R. Kelly” caused a stir. Law enforcement authorities in Illinois and Georgia, where he has lived, began looking into his conduct. And after tremendous public pressure from activists, Mr. Kelly was dropped by his label, RCA, just two weeks after the program aired.
    I'm surprised it took this long, with all the rumors over the years.

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    Re: R. Kelly Charged With Sexual Abuse in Chicago, Reports Say

    Now they have to prove it as I don't buy the fact they wouldn't have found a video years ago during the last investigation.
    I have a plan so cunning......

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    Re: R. Kelly Charged With Sexual Abuse in Chicago, Reports Say

    I'm not shocked to see this after I watched the Show on Lifetime I had a feeling it would happen sooner rather than later. Anyone who watched it knows how he was never charged back then, and if it happens again he's getting off again. Theirs no new evidence I bet they will show in the case, it really comes down to if the Judge believes all of it and alot of of when I listened was murky so this is going to be an interesting case to watch.

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    Re: R. Kelly Charged With Sexual Abuse in Chicago, Reports Say

    When his mind was telling him no (But his body, his body was telling him yes...), he probably should have listened.
    Everything will surely be alright.



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    Re: R. Kelly Charged With Sexual Abuse in Chicago, Reports Say

    Im surprised it took this long, somehow this just sort of became accepted to where Dave Chappelle could spoof an R Kelly sex tape on his show and it was just all cool. Nothing ever happened until now.


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    Re: R. Kelly Charged With Sexual Abuse in Chicago, Reports Say

    The music industry knew about this for decades but none of them did shit until the documentary basically forced them to take a stand. All these big names renouncing him now after having collaborated with him on tracks all knew this shit was going on. I'm glad he's being held accountable but all this disingenuous grandstanding from celebrities disgusts me.


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    Re: R. Kelly Charged With Sexual Abuse in Chicago, Reports Say

    Quote Originally Posted by Cam Dog View Post
    The music industry knew about this for decades but none of them did shit until the documentary basically forced them to take a stand. All these big names renouncing him now after having collaborated with him on tracks all knew this shit was going on. I'm glad he's being held accountable but all this disingenuous grandstanding from celebrities disgusts me.
    It shocks me that the music industry ignored his abuse after all those years, and I'm glad karma finally caught up to him. He's gonna pay for all the harm he's done to those he abused.


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    Re: R. Kelly Charged With Sexual Abuse in Chicago, Reports Say

    Quote Originally Posted by Cam Dog View Post
    The music industry knew about this for decades but none of them did shit until the documentary basically forced them to take a stand. All these big names renouncing him now after having collaborated with him on tracks all knew this shit was going on. I'm glad he's being held accountable but all this disingenuous grandstanding from celebrities disgusts me.
    I think thats almost just as bad. As long as he continued to get away with it all everyone around him in the music industry ignored it and were happy to make money with him, now that its all come to light again and he's going down for it those same people who happily ignored his crimes are now acting so disgusted and offended by his actions.


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