R. Kelly is in custody after being charged following the latest sexual misconduct allegations against him.
Brandon Pope of Chicago’s WCIU tweeted the breaking news on Friday night that Chicago PD have said “R. Kelly is in custody for sex abuse. He will appear in court Saturday afternoon for a bond hearing.”
On Friday, the musician was booked for 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Cook County, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The publication lists his first court date as March 8 and claims the singer’s attorney, Steven Greenberg, could not be immediately reached for comment.
They added that the lawyer has said his client “had denied any wrongdoing.”
Michael Avenatti, who has been working on the investigation into R. Kelly’s alleged sexual activity with underage girls, took to Twitter to simply say: “It’s over.”
He added that the “day of reckoning” for the singer had finally arrived.
TMZ reported that nine of the 10 counts involve alleged victims between the ages of 13 to 16-years-old. There are thought to be a total of four alleged victims.
Sources told the website that the musician is planning to “voluntarily turn himself into authorities” on Friday.
Kelly is facing a class 2 felony charge in Illinois, with each charge carrying a maximum sentence of three to seven years in prison.
TMZ added that prosecutors will now appear before a judge Friday seeking an arrest warrant for the singer.
The news comes after two more women, Latresa Scaff, 40, and Rochelle Washington, 39, accused the “I Believe I Can Fly” hitmaker of sexual misconduct this week.
A newly surfaced video also emerged allegedly showing Kelly having sex with an underage girl.
As reported by CNN, the video was provided to Avenatti by a client who apparently “worked for and has known R. Kelly for decades” and “who met the girl on a number of occasions.”
The court documents obtained by ET graphically describe the crimes committed by the singer where he used “force or threat of force” during the “sexual abuse” for his own “sexual gratification or arousal” for 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse with four victims.
The girls described are all underage with the statute of limitations on the cases being extended due to them being underage at the time of the offence.
A slew of sexual abuse claims concerning underage girls resurfaced after the Lifetime documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly” aired in January.
Since being charged, Gloria Allred the lawyer representing many of the women issued a statement saying that Kelly is “required to face
allegations against him in the criminal justice system.”
She adds that she is “very glad that he has been indicated in Cook County”.
Finishing the message with, “An arrest warrant has been issued. The days of running and hiding his victimization of women from the criminal justice system have now come to an end for R. Kelly.”