Kelly Faces 10 Counts Of Aggravated Criminal Sex Abuse

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Cape Town - R&B star R Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse, at least some involving minors, a Cook County court official said on Friday.

According to CBS News, the 10 counts stem from charges against female victims between the ages of 13 and 16.

The Class 2 felony charge carries a three- to seven-year sentence in the state of IL.

The site reported that two women testified before a grand jury last week and they were convincing enough for the indictment to come within a week after their testimony.

The bombshell development comes as the artist - real name Robert Sylvester Kelly - has faced renewed public scrutiny after a scathing docu-series shed new light on his checkered past. His attorney didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Friday. He was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008. The Sun-Times reported the then-14-year-old girl was the daughter of an associate of the singer.

A former manager also claimed that he helped Kelly obtain a fraudulent marriage license so that he could Wednesday Aaliyah, who feared that she was pregnant at the time.

The singer is the subject of the documentary Surviving R Kelly, which premiered in NY in December and featured women who accuse him of sexual and physical abuse.

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"Today marks a watershed moment in the 25 years of abuse by this predator known as R. Kelly", blasted Avenatti. Over the next two years, Kelly settled three more cases out of court but denied wrongdoing. In 2008, a Cook County jury found Kelly not guilty on 14 counts of child pornography charges.

The charges were brought forth in the midst of recent serious allegations against the singer.

Lawyer Michael Avenatti also confirmed this is a new videotape and different from the earlier video of R. Kelly urinating on a 13-year-old teen in 2002.

While the allegations against Kelly have been long-standing, the singer has largely continued to enjoy widespread support.

Foxx said she was "sickened" by the accounts described in the "Surviving R. Kelly" Lifetime television series.

Now less than two months later, the controversial R&B star was charged in Cook County, Illinois, on Friday.

Without providing further detail, Allred said some women she is representing fear video or audio recordings of their relations with Kelly may be circulating.

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