R. Kelly Charged With 10 Counts of Criminal Sexual Abuse

By Sameer Rao Feb 22, 2019

Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx announced today (February 22) that a county grand jury indicted R. Kelly on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. She told reporters at a press conference that the charges involve alleged assaults against four survivors, three of whom were underage, between 1998 and 2010. His bond court hearing is set for tomorrow (February 23).

Local television outlet WGN-TV streamed the announcement: 

rntThe Chicago Sun-Times notes that these are the first criminal charges against R. Kelly since 2008, when he was acquitted on 21 counts of child pornography. The singer’s alleged decades of sexually abusing Black girls and women received renewed attention, and Foxx’s encouragement for survivors to come forth, following the premiere of Lifetime’s "Surviving R. Kelly."