- May 25, 2011
Kesi ya Mwanamuziki wa miondoko ya R&B, Robert Sylvester Kelly(52) maarufu R.Kelly imechukua sura mpya baada ya kushtakiwa kwa makosa mapya
Mwanamuziki huyo amekuwa akituhumiwa kwa makosa ya kuwanyanyasa wa kingono wasichana wadogo
Mpaka sasa anatuhumiwa kwa makosa 10 ya unyanyasaji dhidi ya Watoto huku mengi akituhumiwa kuyatenda miaka ya 1995/6
Wakati akitenda makosa hayo inaelezwa kuwa Watoto wengi walikuwa na umri wa miaka 13 had 15
Hata hivyo wakili wake amesema kuwa makosa haya mapya yametolewa kwenye mashtaka ya awali hivyo hakuna jipya
R Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, at least nine of which involve minors.
The R&B star, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, has faced decades of claims of sexual abuse against women and teenagers below the age of consent.
He has never been convicted and has previously denied other allegations.
An arrest warrant was issued, and the 52-year-old turned himself in to police in Chicago later on Friday. His lawyer says he is "shell-shocked".
Steve Greenberg told The Associated Press that his client was "extraordinarily disappointed and depressed" by the charges and maintains his innocence.
The indictment come just weeks after a documentary series called Surviving R Kelly aired.
It contained decades of allegations of abuse against R Kelly, from many women, including the singer's ex-wife.
What are the allegations?
Prosecutors in Cook County announced the aggravated criminal sexual abuse charges, involving four victims, on Friday.
They say they took place between 1998 and 2010. Documents say at least three of the victims were aged between 13 and 16 at the time of their reported assaults.
Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx said he could face a maximum of seven years in prison for each count.
A no-bail arrest warrant has been issued for Kelly.
Mr Greenberg, his lawyer, told AP that he had offered to sit down with prosecutors before the filing to describe "why these charges are baseless" but said they refused.
How did the charges come about?
Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx had urged women to come forward after the documentary series aired.
Lawyer Michael Avenatti has said he is representing six people, including two alleged victims, making allegations against Kelly. At least one of the victims is included in Friday's indictment, he said.
In 2017, Kelly was forced to deny allegations that he was holding a number of young women captive in a so-called "abusive cult" after a bombshell report from Buzzfeed News.
He has also been sued privately by a number of women, including some who allege underage sexual relationships and another who says he "intentionally" infected her with a sexually transmitted disease.
The singer has continued to make music throughout the allegations.
There have been calls to boycott Kelly's music - both recordings and performances - with people using the social media hashtag #MuteRKelly.
Throughout 2018 women continued to come forward publicly alleging abuse.
The singer was the subject of the documentary series Surviving R Kelly earlier this year.
Across six episodes, a catalogue of women accused him of sexual and emotional abuse - including several who said they were underage when sexual relations began.
After the series aired, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx made a plea for victims to come forward and report - saying she was "sickened" by the allegations.