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R. Kelly

Source: Creative Services / Radio One

R&B Legend “Robert Kelly,” better known to the world as “R. Kelly” has been indicted in Cook County Chicago on aggravated sexual abuse involving four young girls between the ages of 13 and 17.

Cook County State’s Attorney’s Kim Foxx announced the 10 counts against the 52-year-old Grammy winner. She said the abuse dated back as far as 1998 and spanned more than a decade.

He was indicted on a Class Two Felony which carries a sentence of 3-10 years in prison for each charge.

The singer, who was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008 and has consistently denied any sexual misconduct, was to appear in court Saturday. His attorney, Steve Greenberg, said Kelly planned to turn himself in Friday night.

As recently as Thursday, two women held a news conference in New York to describe how Kelly picked them out of a crowd at a Baltimore after-party in the mid-1990s when they were underage. They said Kelly had sex with one of the teens when she was under the influence of marijuana and alcohol and could not consent.

Latresa Scaff and Rochelle Washington were joined by lawyer Gloria Allred when they told their story publicly for the first time.

Charging Kelly now for actions that occurred in the same time frame as the allegations from the 2008 trial suggests the accusers are cooperating this time and willing to testify.

Kelly’s lawyers will indeed play on the accusers non cooperation in 2008 and ask the question – if why not then, then why now?

This is going to be interesting.

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