This Friday night, a few hours after he was accused of 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims, R&B singer R. Kelly has turned himself in to the police in Cook County, Illinois.
According to a tweet by Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi, Kelly been taken into police custody and is expected to appear in court on Saturday afternoon for a bail hearing.
As per documents that were shared earlier this morning, there are four victims, three of which are aged 13-16, and TMZ reports that two of the women testified in front of a grand jury in Chicago, saying that Kelly had sexual intercourse with minors. The women reportedly also provided the prosecutors with physical evidence.
In a press hearing on Friday night, the singer’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, claimed that his client is innocent and that “all the women are lying.”
“Mr. Kelly is strong, he’s got a lot of support and he’s going to be vindicated on all these charges,” Greenberg said. “One by one if it has to be.” He added that the Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has succumbed to public pressure on this case.
Greenberg also claimed that one of his accusers is the same one which was involved in a previous case, from which the singer was acquited and that “double jeopardy should power that case. He won that case. The jury heard the facts in that case.”
R. Kelly has been involved in sexual misconduct charges and pedophilia for decades, including 14 counts of child pornography in 2008 from which he was acquitted. He also married singer Aaliyah when she was 15 and he was 27 in 1994.
Ever since the Lifetime docu-series Surviving R. Kelly was released a few weeks ago, attention has been brought to the stars’ actions through the years, and people have rallied against him hoping to bring justice for the 52-year-old star’s victims.
Kelly’s arraignment is set for March 8. He faces three to seven years in prison for each of his ten aggravated criminal sexual abuse charges.