R.Kelly charged with 11 new count of sexual assault and abuse

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Chicago prosecutors Thursday charged embattled R&B singer, R.Kelly, with 11 new count of sexual assault and abuse of teenagers in Chicago. The victims were said to be 13 and 16 years of age.

Some of the new count charges carry a sentence of up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

The prosecutors charged the singer with aggravated criminal sex assault, criminal sex assault, and aggravated criminal sex abuse, among others.

The new charges include four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, two counts of criminal sexual assault by force, two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against a victim between the ages of 13 to 16.

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Court documents show that the first eight counts were from alleged encounters between Jan. 1 and Jan. 31, 2010. Three other counts were alleged encounters between May 1, 2009, and Jan. 31, 2010. The accuser was identified in court documents only as “J.P.”

Kelly,52, was already facing 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four women years ago, three of whom were minors when the alleged abuse happened. He was arrested and charged in February.

Kelly is scheduled to appear in court on June 6.


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