R. Kelly Hit With 11 New Sex Crime Charges

R. Kelly makes a court appearance in Chicago. (Credit: Shutterstock)

R. Kelly’s legal problems just got a lot worse.

Prosecutors charged the R&B singer with 11 new sex-related counts Thursday involving one of the women who accused him earlier this year of sexually abusing her when she was underage.

According to the 11-count indictment obtained by the Chicago Tribune, the new charges include:
-Four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault
-Two counts of criminal sexual assault by force
-Two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse
-Three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against a victim who was at least age 13 and under 17 at the time.

The aggravated criminal sexual assault charges are Class X felonies, and in the state of Illinois carry a mandatory minimum prison sentence of six to 30 years.

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The new charges are related to a woman identified in the court filing as “J.P.” Prosecutors allege Kelly met “J.P.” during his 2008 trial on child pornography charges and began having sexual relations with her when she was 16 years old.

[Read the indictment below]

Kelly’s attorney, Steven Greenberg, confirmed to the Tribune that “J.P.” is one of four alleged victims included in a February indictment against the singer.

“They’re more serious charges, but it doesn’t change the facts,” Greenberg said Thursday. “It doesn’t change how we’re going to approach the case.”

On Feb. 22, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced her office had charged Kelly with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four females. Three of the four were between ages 13 and 17 when the alleged abuse occurred between 1998 and 2010, Foxx told reporters at the time.

These latest developments unfolded after the Jan. 3 premiere of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly.

The six-part docuseries addressed claims that the R&B singer had sex with numerous underage girls, and included interviews with the singer’s former employees, musical collaborators and his ex-wife.

Kelly, 52, has strongly denied the claims against him. In June of 2008, he was found not guilty of multiple counts of possession of child pornography in connection with a sex tape involving a girl said to be 14-years-old.

The chart-topping performer is due in court to hear the new charges next week. You can read the indictment below.

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