R. Kelly Charged with Ten Counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, Judge Authorizes No-Bail Arrest Warrant

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A Cook County judge authorized a no-bail arrest warrant for R&B singer R. Kelly after Chicago prosecutors charged him with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced Friday afternoon that the charges involve four victims, at least three of whom were younger than 17.

Per the Associated Press, Foxx said the sentencing range for aggravated sexual assault is up to seven years in prison.

According to the Chicago Sun Times, Kelly’s attorney, Steven Greenberg, said early Friday afternoon before the news conference that he had not been notified that his client had been charged. 

Attorney Michael Avenatti, who is representing a man he calls a whistleblower against Kelly per CNN, recently announced he had incriminating tape containing Kelly.

According to the Associated Press, Avenatti told them last week that he gave Cook County State’s Attorney’s office a videotape he says shows Kelly having sex with an underage girl.

Avenatti tweeted earlier that it’s over for Kelly.

Avenatti will be holding a press conference at 4pm CST to discuss the case against Kelly.

If R. Kelly is convicted on all 10 counts, a judge could decide that the sentences run one after the other — making it possible that he receives a sentence of up to 70 years behind bars.

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