US government on Friday launched remodeled federal fees in Chicago in opposition to the R&B famous person R. Kelly, to incorporate intercourse crime allegations that contain a brand new accuser.
The most recent allegations in opposition to the disgraced 53-year-old artist — who’s accused in a couple of states of intercourse crimes in opposition to minors — is going into scant element of the brand new accuser dubbed “Minor 6” however, like the unique indictment, comes to a couple of kid pornography counts.
The superseding submitting eliminates the connection with “Minor 2,” on the other hand, which means there are nonetheless 5 accusers concerned within the Chicago federal case.
Kelly — recognized for hits like “I Imagine I Can Fly” — has a decades-long historical past of abuse allegations, particularly of underage ladies.
He’ll be arraigned underneath the superseding indictment in Chicago, in all probability on March 5, when he already had a standing listening to scheduled.
His Chicago trial used to be to start April 27 however the courtroom may delay the lawsuits.
“We’re acutely aware of the superseding indictment. We proceed to combat for him and stay up for the day he’s loose,” Steve Greenberg, attorney to the Grammy-award profitable artist, tweeted.
The Chicago federal fees allege Kelly filmed himself having intercourse with minors and that he paid attainable witnesses in his 2008 trial — by which he used to be acquitted — to verify their silence.
The brand new indictment seeks forfeiture of property related to Kelly’s manufacturing corporate, Bass Productions Ltd.
In December the artist born Robert Sylvester Kelly pleaded no longer accountable to bribery fees in New York which can be believed to be related to his marriage to the past due singer Aaliyah when she used to be simply 15 years previous.
That price expanded on an previous New York indictment that comes with racketeering, accusing Kelly of systematically recruiting ladies for intercourse whilst traveling and coercing them into sexual task.
Jury variety for the New York federal lawsuits is these days scheduled for July 7.
Kelly denies all accusations of intercourse abuse leveled in opposition to him.
Along with the federal fees in New York and Chicago, the singer faces state fees in Illinois and Minnesota.
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