Cook County, Ill., prosecutors on Thursday leveled 11 new criminal charges against R&B singer R. Kelly on suspicions that he sexually abused a woman when she was underage. Some of the charges carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. The Grammy award–winning singer, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is accused of aggravated sexual assault against a victim who was older than 13 but younger than 17 at the time. Police in Chicago arrested him in February on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four women over roughly a 10-year period that started in the late 1990s. Three of the women were minors when the alleged abuse occurred. Kelly pleaded not guilty to those charges and has been free on bail since Feb. 25.
Kelly’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, said Thursday that the allegations in the new filings are the “same alleged victim, same time frame, same facts,” as the earlier charges. Greenberg said he expects the “same results” from the latest charges—for Kelly to prevail at trial.
In 2008, a jury acquitted the singer of child pornography charges related to a video that allegedly showed him having sex with a minor. A documentary series on the Lifetime cable channel in January featured harrowing accusations that Kelly held women captive and abused them. Prosecutors renewed their interest in charging him after the series aired. —Lynde Langdon