February 22 – R&B singer-songwriter Robert Sylvester Kelly, also known as R. Kelly, is back again in police custody after turning himself over to Chicago Police last Friday night. R. Kelly faces 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse which involves four victims, of which 3 of them are minors.
R. Kelly is scheduled to present himself on the bond court this Saturday, February 23, 2019. A day after Cook County prosecutors supposed in an arraignment that the abused victims include four people. These four victims allegedly involved at least 3 minors, with ages between 13 and 16. The suspected crime incidents took place between 1998 to 2010. The victim’s identities are yet to be disclosed and only their initials are given in legal document and at the press conference
Kelly has multiple accusations of misdemeanor sexual offenses filed against him for the last 25 years, albeit never been pronounced guilty. During a press conference last Thursday, February 21, 2019, two women came forward and accused Kelly of sexual misconduct when they were 15 and 16 years old.
Kelly left his Near West Side studio around 7:45 p.m., while being surrounded by guards and a few members of his entourage. About 8:15 p.m., the singer surrender at the Central District station on the Near South Side. The incident was highly publicized, while officers on duty at that time handcuffed Kelly and led him away from the eyes of the public.
Kelly’s defense attorney Steve Greenberg defended Kelly and claimed that he is innocent after the singer’s surrender. Greenberg said that all of Kelly’s alleged victims are “liars”. Greenberg also added that the state’s attorney has yielded to public pressure, which leads to his client’s current demise.
The singer-songwriter may end up in prison and may face 15 to 20 years or more. As per criminal defense attorney Anthony Salerno concluded. This will hopefully give justice to Kelly’s victims and satisfied with the ruling court.