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USA: R Kelly charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse02:10

USA: R Kelly charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse

United States, Chicago
February 23, 2019 at 00:49 GMT +00:00 · Published

R&B Star Robert Sylvester Kelly, better known as R Kelly, was formally charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims, three reported as being underage, in Chicago on Friday.

On the same day, attorney Michael Avenatti claimed the video evidence uncovered earlier this month 'leaves no question' as to whether R. Kelly is guilty of multiple sexual acts with a 14-year old girl.

"Earlier this month we uncovered and recovered a videotape of over 40 minutes in length. We promptly brought it to the attention of Ms. [Cook County State's Attorney Kim] Foxx and others in her office. This tape leaves no question as to whether R. Kelly is guilty of multiple sexual illegal acts against a 14-year-old girl," Avenatti explained, adding that the footage dated from some time in the late 90s, approximately 1999.

"Repeatedly on the video both the victim and Mr. Kelly refer to the victim's age as being 14. That occurs in excess of ten separate times on the video. Both the victim and Mr. Kelly can be heard referencing her age," Avenatti continued.

R Kelly has faced numerous claims of sexual abuse against women for decades, but has denied the charges and has not yet been convicted. He is expected to appear in court in Chicago on March 8.

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R&B Star Robert Sylvester Kelly, better known as R Kelly, was formally charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims, three reported as being underage, in Chicago on Friday.

On the same day, attorney Michael Avenatti claimed the video evidence uncovered earlier this month 'leaves no question' as to whether R. Kelly is guilty of multiple sexual acts with a 14-year old girl.

"Earlier this month we uncovered and recovered a videotape of over 40 minutes in length. We promptly brought it to the attention of Ms. [Cook County State's Attorney Kim] Foxx and others in her office. This tape leaves no question as to whether R. Kelly is guilty of multiple sexual illegal acts against a 14-year-old girl," Avenatti explained, adding that the footage dated from some time in the late 90s, approximately 1999.

"Repeatedly on the video both the victim and Mr. Kelly refer to the victim's age as being 14. That occurs in excess of ten separate times on the video. Both the victim and Mr. Kelly can be heard referencing her age," Avenatti continued.

R Kelly has faced numerous claims of sexual abuse against women for decades, but has denied the charges and has not yet been convicted. He is expected to appear in court in Chicago on March 8.