R. Kelly has turned himself into Chicago Police. This comes after the Grammy winner was charged with multiple sex crimes in Chicago.
CNN.com reports, he “was placed in handcuffs as he entered a Chicago police station Friday night, hours after he was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse — a class 2 felony — involving four alleged victims.”
His lawyer, Steven Greenberg, said, “I think all the women are lying. Mr. Kelly is strong, he’s got a lot of support and he’s going to be vindicated on all these charges — one by one if it has to be.”
Nearly two months since the docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” aired he was hit with “10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Cook County Friday morning, records show,” the Chicago Sun Times reported. He is facing three to seven years in prison for each count and there will be a bail hearing later today. See the footage of R. Kelly in handcuffs.
Represented by Gloria Allred, Scaff said she met the singer at a 1996 concert in Baltimore. “When I first met R. Kelly that night, I was very happy and excited because I was young and starstruck. However, now that I am an adult, I feel hurt by what he did to me when I was only 16 years old and under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, which had been provided to me at his afterparty.”
Attorney Michael Avenatti recently gave a video to Cook County prosecutors, which could be where Friday’s charges stemmed from. The lawyer said in a statement that he was hired last April in connection to multiple allegations of Kelly sexually assaulting minors. He claimed to have a 45-minute VHS tape as evidence, which, despite its similarities, was not the same video got Kelly indicted in 2002 — and acquitted in 2008 — for child porn.
See the full statement below:
One major legal problem that Kelly faces is that Illinois has no statute of limitations on sex crimes against minors. In 2017, Illinois enacted legislation that ended a requirement for child sex abuse victims to file a report within 20 years of turning 18 years old.