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R&B star R. Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse Friday in Chicago.

Some of the charges stem from a newly discovered video found by attorney Michael Avenatti that allegedly shows Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old girl, according to a copy of the indictment obtained by USA TODAY.

A no-bail arrest warrant for Kelly has been issued by a Chicago judge, The Associated Press reported. No-bail arrest warrants don't necessarily mean the defendant won't eventually be offered bail once appearing in court to answer the charges.

Kelly's first court date is scheduled for March 8.

The court documents show the charges against Kelly involve multiple victims dating back to at least 1998. Four victims are listed, including at least three between the ages of 13 and 17. The victims are listed only by initials in the document.

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx scheduled a press conference in Chicago to discuss the charges at 3 p.m. ET. Avenatti is holding a news conference immediately after, he said on Twitter.

Avenatti, who remained quiet throughout his 10-month "investigation" of Kelly on behalf of multiple clients, responded to the indictment on Twitter, proclaiming, "After 25 years of serial sexual abuse and assault of underage girls, the day of reckoning for R Kelly has arrived."

Gerald Griggs, an Atlanta lawyer who represents the parents of a woman they believe is being held against her will as a member of Kelly's alleged "sex cult," celebrated the indictment and predicted more would be forthcoming soon from "multiple jurisdictions" around the country.

"This is just the beginning of the charges," Griggs said. Kelly also is under investigation in Fulton County, Ga., and by the U.S. Attorney's office in the Eastern District of New York, he said.

"Hopefully, with the swift arrest of Kelly, our clients will be able to make unfettered contact with (their daughter) and get her home and the counseling and the help she needs," Griggs told USA TODAY.

Attorney Gloria Allred, who says she represents multiple women who have accused Kelly of sexual misconduct, introduced two new accusers at a New York press conference Thursday. The women said they were teens when Kelly plied them with alcohol and marijuana during a mid-'90s Baltimore hotel room encounter that they say ended with the statutory rape of one of them.

"As I predicted yesterday, the wheels of justice are turning," Allred said in a statement emailed to USA TODAY on Friday. "This may not be the only prosecution of Mr. Kelly, because we are aware of other open investigations in other jurisdictions, but I am very glad that he has been indicated in Cook County and that this day has finally come for Mr. Kelly."

When Avenatti announced the existence of the new video two weeks ago, he told USA TODAY in an interview: "This is a bombshell of epic proportions. It’s over, after nearly two decades of abuse by R. Kelly. He will not survive this."

The indictment of Kelly, 52, culminates nearly two decades of allegations, one failed criminal trial, a surging #MuteRKelly campaign, a breakup with his recording label, and the airing of a Kelly-damning film series, "Surviving R. Kelly," in January.

That six-part film on Lifetime examined the long-standing allegations of sexual misconduct against Kelly, including sex with underage girls and accusations that he trapped scores of female fans in a "sex cult" that cut them off from their families and subjected them to degrading abuse.

A previously planned encore broadcast of the “Surviving R. Kelly” will air on Lifetime Monday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. EST/PST, followed by a special, related “Red Table Talk” with Jada Pinkett Smith, Lifetime announced.

“We are proud that Lifetime was able to provide a platform for survivors to be heard,” said Kannie Yu LaPack, a spokeswoman for Lifetime.

Despite the years of hints and allegations, Kelly has been charged with a crime only once: He was tried on multiple counts of child pornography – stemming from a different video involving a different underage girl – in Chicago in 2008, six years after he was indicted in that case.

However, the video in that case was not clear and the alleged teenage victim in the video refused to testify against Kelly at the trial. Within hours of getting the case, the jury acquitted him on all counts and Kelly walked free, back to his life as a rich and famous singer-songwriter and R&B superstar.

Now he's being prosecuted almost 11 years later amidst a sea change in attitudes among law enforcement and in society about sexual abuse, sex-crimes prosecutions, defendants and accusers.

If there is a second Kelly trial, it will take place in the wake of the #MeToo movement, turbocharged by the naming and shaming of powerful men in entertainment and media taken down over the last two years by accusations of sexual misconduct.
Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2019/02/22/r-kelly-indicted-10-charges-aggravated-child-sexual-abuse/2881779002/
 

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If they try him in Chicago again he's going to walk again, they need to try him in Aurora or Rosemont. This'll be the only time I'll be okay with a black person getting an all white jury; black people seem incapable of separating a person's crimes from their fame and talent.
 

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If they try him in Chicago again he's going to walk again, they need to try him in Aurora or Rosemont. This'll be the only time I'll be okay with a black person getting an all white jury; black people seem incapable of separating a person's crimes from their fame and talent.

This episode on R.Kelly always makes me laugh. :laugh:
 

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Video of a girl saying she's 14 is not evidence she's 14. This is very obvious to anyone that isn't a moron. You need more proof than this. If there is other proof she's 14 then good job nailing this scumbag.
 

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about damn time.

If they try him in Chicago again he's going to walk again, they need to try him in Aurora or Rosemont. This'll be the only time I'll be okay with a black person getting an all white jury; black people seem incapable of separating a person's crimes from their fame and talent.
I don't
 

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about damn time.

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Me neither but it seems common in the culture. Lots of people still defend OJ, Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, right now there are people saying free Tay K, free 21 Savage, people were marching in the street for Meek Mill even though dude violated his probation like 20 times. If you're famous and black, black people as a whole don't give a fuck what crimes you commit, as long as they don't affect them personally.
 

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Me neither but it seems common in the culture. Lots of people still defend OJ, Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, right now there are people saying free Tay K, free 21 Savage, people were marching in the street for Meek Mill even though dude violated his probation like 20 times. If you're famous and black, black people as a whole don't give a fuck what crimes you commit, as long as they don't affect them personally.
People like to relate to other's bs like they know them.
 

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are people saying free Tay K, free 21 Savage, people were marching in the street for Meek Mill even though dude violated his probation like 20 times. If you're famous and black, black people as a whole don't give a fuck what crimes you commit, as long as they don't affect them personally.
Saying Free 21 is fair, same with Meek. Bro was treated like a threat to society over something stupid. Pretty sure he broke his probation filming a music video.
 

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We've got an update:

A Chicago judge has set R&B singer R. Kelly’s bond at $1 million, or $250,000 for each of the four cases of criminal sexual abuse leveled against him. The singer, 52, must put forth $100,000 to make bail.

The singer appeared at the Leighton Criminal Court Building wearing a black hoodie and jeans, according to the Chicago Sun Times, “and a frown that creased his face.” Kelly stared at the ground in front of him as Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer Gonzalez read off a proffer of the evidence against him in four separate cases of alleged sexual abuse, which took place between 1998 and 2010. The alleged victims — three of whom were minors — were identified only by their initials in the press conferences and legal documents.

If he posts the bond for his release, Kelly will be ordered to surrender his passport and not to contact anyone under 18. The next court date in the case is scheduled for Monday.
Here's what R. Kelly's attorney makes of all this:

“I think all the women are lying,” Kelly attorney Steve Greenberg told reporters. “Mr. Kelly is strong, he’s got a lot of support and he’s going to be vindicated on all these charges — one by one, if it has to be.”
https://variety.com/2019/music/news/r-kellys-bond-set-at-1-million-1203147058/
 

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Nope, overstayed his visa for 13 years. Get 'em out.
Regardless he was a kid most of that time, and his whole family is here including his kids. He's also an entertainer and has tons of people employed here. And on top of that he's trying to do it the right way right now and get his citizenship. He's not a safety threat, only has one misdemeanor from when he was under 18. If you feel that way I guess thats the way you feel but he's probably not going anywhere.
 

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Regardless he was a kid most of that time, and his whole family is here including his kids. He's also an entertainer and has tons of people employed here. And on top of that he's trying to do it the right way right now and get his citizenship. He's not a safety threat, only has one misdemeanor from when he was under 18. If you feel that way I guess thats the way you feel but he's probably not going anywhere.
I don't care one way or the other to be honest with you, but since people want to compare visa overstays to people who illegally enter through our southern border, I figured I'd be consistent in my response to all kinds of illegal immigration. :trump
 
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