R&B star R. Kelly was indicted Friday in Chicago on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The charges stem from a newly discovered video found by attorney Michael Avenatti that allegedly shows him having sex with a 14-year-old girl, The Chicago Sun-Times and TMZ reported, citing court records.
The reports say the singer’s first court date is March 8.
Avenatti, who was quiet about his 10-month “investigation” of Kelly on behalf of multiple clients, issued another of his bombastic statements in response to the indictment.
In a tweet, he simply wrote, “It’s over.” When Avenatti announced the existence of the new video last week, he told USA TODAY in an interview:
“This is a bombshell of epic proportions. It’s over, after nearly two decades of abuse by R. Kelly. He will not survive this.” The indictment of Kelly, 52, culminates nearly two decades of allegations, one failed criminal trial, a surging #MuteR.Kelly campaign, a breakup with his recording label, and the airing of a Kelly-damning film series, “Surviving R. Kelly,” in January.
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