Chicago, IL – R. Kelly has reportedly turned himself in to Chicago police after being charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse on Friday (February 22). According to TMZ, nine of the 10 counts involve alleged victims ranging from 13 to 16 years old.
There are four alleged victims in total. Attorney Michael Avenatti is representing at least one of the women named in Kelly’s indictment. He says the recently unearthed VHS tape shows Kelly engaging in lewd acts with a 14-year-old.
The criminal sexual abuse charges are considered Class 2 felonies in Illinois, with each charge carrying a maximum sentence of three to seven years in prison.
[This article has been updated. The original version was published on February 22, 2019 and can be found below.]
The Cook County State Attorney reportedly charged R. Kelly with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse on Friday (February 22).
According to TMZ, a grand jury convened last week to discuss an alleged sex tape unearthed by attorney Michael Avenatti. As many as a dozen women came forward to testify and two provided physical evidence.
Prosecutors will reportedly stand before a judge on Friday afternoon to request an arrest warrant for the disgraced R&B star.
Avenatti says he uncovered the VHS tape during a months-long investigation. CNN had a chance to view the tape and described two different scenes. One took place in a living room, while the other was in a bedroom.
A naked man presumed to be Kelly performs multiple sex acts with the girl who calls him “daddy” multiple times. They also refer to her “14-year-old” genitalia.
In response to press inquiries, attached is a stmt regarding our work on the R. Kelly matter since April, including the discovery of new critical video evidence establishing his guilt. We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that this predator is brought to justice. pic.twitter.com/D0dGFzgXlX
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) February 14, 2019
Although it’s unclear when the video was shot, Avenatti is confident it still falls within the statute of limitations.
Avenatti says there is also a third video that appears to show Kelly committing sexual acts with a minor.
Kelly has been under heavy scrutiny since Lifetime aired its Surviving R. Kelly documentary.