R. Kelly Is Not Getting a Break – 11 New Counts of Sexual Assault and Abuse
Singer R-Kelly was charged with 11 additional felony counts of sexual abuse on Thursday.
Some of the charges carry a 30-year maximum sentence in prison.
The award-winning singer, whose legal name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, has already faced ten counts of aggravated sexual abuse from years ago, which involve four women, three of whom were minors when the alleged abuse took place.
Prosecutors alleged Kelly threatened to or used force to pressure one of the accusers into performing oral sex on him.
Kelly is currently free on a $1 million bond following his February indictment in oral sex abuse cases.
The new charges seemingly point to a single victim, identified in the court filing by the initials “J.P.” The same initials are being used in court documents to identify one of Kelly’s initial four accusers, pointing to the possibility that this is the same person rather than a new victim.
Steve Greenberg, Kelly’s attorney suggested in a tweet that it was an existing case.
#RKelly was NOT charged with a new case. He was recharged in an existing case, same alleged victim and time (a decade ago) It changes nothing
— Steve Greenberg (@SGcrimlaw) May 30, 2019