(Reuters) – Singer R. Kelly, already dealing with trial in 3 states on sexual abuse, kid pornography, kidnapping and obstruction of justice fees, has been hit with an up to date indictment in Chicago stemming from a newly-identified sufferer, courtroom paperwork confirmed on Friday.
FILE PHOTO: R. Kelly walks throughout the Felony Courtroom Development as he arrives for a listening to on 11 new counts of prison sexual abuse, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., June 6, 2019. REUTERS/Daniel Acker/Document Photograph
The superseding indictment, filed in U.S. District Courtroom in Chicago, identifies the newest accuser simplest as “Minor 6” and fees Kelly, 53, with attractive in sexual acts together with her within the past due 1990s, when she was once 14 or 15 years outdated.
The brand new fees additionally search forfeiture of property from the Grammy-winning R&B performer’s manufacturing corporate and a separate company owned through his supervisor Derrel McDavid, a co-defendant within the Chicago case.
A sufferer in the past incorporated within the indictment and referred to as “Minor 2” was once got rid of from the charging paperwork for causes that weren’t made transparent.
“We’re acutely aware of the superseding indictment. We proceed to struggle for him and stay up for the day he’s unfastened #notguilty #rkelly,” the entertainer’s prison protection attorney, Steve Greenberg, mentioned on Twitter.
“The superseding indictment was once anticipated and does no longer alternate our place. We stay up for taking this topic to trial,” McDavid’s legal professional, Vadim Glozman mentioned.
Kelly has pleaded no longer to blame to all prison fees filed towards him in New York, Illinois and Chicago.
The entertainer, easiest recognized for such hits as “I Imagine I Can Fly” and “Bump N’ Grind,” has confronted sexual abuse allegations relationship again greater than twenty years. A few of the ones accusations had been detailed in a Lifetime documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly” first broadcast in January 2019.
Federal prosecutors in New York have additionally charged Kelly with working a prison scheme during which ladies and underage ladies had been recruited to have sexual task with him.
If so Kelly is accused of bribing an Illinois legit in August 1994 to procure a faux id for the singer Aaliyah so they may get married.
Kelly was once then 27 and Aaliyah was once 15, however consistent with revealed experiences their marriage license indexed Aaliyah’s age as 18. The wedding was once annulled in 1995. Aaliyah died at age 22 in a 2001 aircraft crash within the Bahamas.
Prosecutors within the Chicago case charged Kelly final July with attractive in intercourse acts with 5 minors, recording one of the vital alleged abuse on video, and the usage of threats to stay sufferers quiet.
Kelly was once additionally charged final February through Illinois state prosecutors with irritated sexual abuse, and final August through Minnesota state prosecutors with soliciting intercourse from a minor.
In 2008, Kelly was once acquitted at trial on state kid pornography fees in Illinois.
Reporting through Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Enhancing through Daniel Wallis