Singer R Kelly has been charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse, according to a media report.
Citing court records, the Chicago Sun-Times reports the ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ singer was charged on Friday in Cook County, Illinois, with 10 counts of sexual abuse.
The publications reports authorities confirmed the charges are in relation to four victims, at least three of them minors.
Cook County prosecutors allege in an indictment that the abuse happened in instances from 1998 to 2010, records show. The minors were between 13 and 16, prosecutors allege.
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx briefly went through the charges in a press conference on Friday, stating Kelly, 51, is expected to appear at a bond hearing on Saturday. Each of the 10 charges is a Class 2 felony, each carrying a three to seven-year jail sentence, or as little as probation. A judge granted a no-bail arrest warrant for Kelly, meaning he won’t be released on bail after he’s arrested.
My announcement of indictments charging R. Kelly. pic.twitter.com/J3uQA5wbZF
— Kim Foxx (@SAKimFoxx) February 22, 2019
High-profile celebrities have tweeted their reactions to the charges against Kelly, including A-list attorney Michael Avenatti, actresses Alyssa Milano and Amber Tamblyn, and comedian Rosie O’Donnell.
After 25 years of serial sexual abuse and assault of underage girls, the day of reckoning for R Kelly has arrived.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) February 22, 2019