R. Kelly Hit With Updated Federal Charges In Chicago

R. Kelly hit with updated federal charges in Chicago

US authorities released revamped federal charges in Chicago against the R&B superstar R. Kelly, to include sexual crime allegations that involve a new accuser

Los Angeles (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News / Online - 15th February, 2020) US authorities released revamped Federal charges in Chicago against the R&B superstar R. Kelly, to include sexual crime allegations that involve a new accuser.The latest allegations against the disgraced 53-year-old artist who is accused in multiple states of sexual crimes against minors goes into scant detail of the new accuser dubbed "Minor 6" but, like the original indictment, involves multiple child pornography counts.The superseding filing removes the reference to "Minor 2," however, meaning there are still five accusers involved in the Chicago federal case.Kelly known for hits like I Believe I Can Fly has a decades-long history of abuse allegations, especially of underage girls.He will be arraigned under the superseding indictment in Chicago, possibly on March 5, when he already had a status hearing scheduled.His Chicago trial was to begin April 27 but the court could postpone the proceedings."We are aware of the superseding indictment.

We continue to fight for him and look forward to the day he is free," Steve Greenberg, lawyer to the Grammy-award winning artist, tweeted.

The Chicago federal charges allege Kelly filmed himself sexually assaulting minors and that he paid potential witnesses in his 2008 trial in which he was acquitted to ensure their silence.The new indictment seeks forfeiture of assets linked to Kelly's production company, Bass Productions Ltd.In December the artist born Robert Sylvester Kelly pleaded not guilty to bribery charges in New York that are believed to be linked to his marriage to the late singer Aaliyah when she was just 15 years old.That charge expanded on an earlier New York indictment that includes racketeering, accusing Kelly of systematically recruiting girls, coercing them into sexual activity while touring.Jury selection for the New York federal proceedings is currently scheduled for July 7.Kelly denies all accusations of sexual abuse leveled against him.In addition to the federal charges in New York and Chicago, the singer faces state charges in Illinois and Minnesota.

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