R Kelly charged with 11 more counts of felony sexual assault
R. Kelly has been charged with 11 additional felony counts of sexual assault, The Chicago Sun Times reports. The charges were filed by Cook County prosecutors on on Thursday (5/30), about an offense that allegedly happened in January of 2010.
Chicago Sun Times details the new charges:
The charging document does not contain many details, but the new case may not involve a new victim, since the initials of the victim in the latest case are the same as one of victims in the cases previously charged.
The new case charges Kelly with 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.
The four aggravated criminal sexual assault counts are all designated as Class X felonies that carry a potential sentence of up to 30 years in prison for Kelly if he is convicted. The four cases filed in February were charged as lower-level felonies that had maximum sentences of up to seven years.
Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, said, “we’ll see what the charges are, and we’ll proceed accordingly. I know this much: it’s old. They’re allegations from years ago.”
Kelly was released from jail on bond following his February indictment. He’s now to appear in court again on June 6.
Meanwhile, veteran reporter Jim DeRogatis, who has been reporting on the allegations against R. Kelly for nearly two decades, is publishing a book: Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly. It’s due out June 4, which is the same day he appears at NYC’s The Greene Space with #MeToo founder Tarana Burke and writer Jamilah Lemieux for a discussion and book signing. Tickets are on sale now.