The year-old Grammy winner, whose real name is Robert Kelly, stood with his hands behind his back. Kelly has consistently denied any sexual misconduct. The court heard disturbing details.
We explain everything you need to know about his alleged crimes and his recent arrest - including his relationship with Aaliyah. The singer's real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly and he grew up in Chicago with his single mum, Joanne. Since releasing his debut album, Born In The 90s, which was co-credited with Public Announcement, R Kelly has released a further 11 solo studio albums.
Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims, including at least three between the ages of 14 and Kelly, 52, turned himself in to Chicago police at the 1st District station, S. State St.
Kelly was arrested on federal charges that accuse him and members of his entourage of recruiting women and girls to engage in illegal sexual activity with the singer and paying them to cover up his crimes, including those at the center of his acquittal on child pornography charges. Kelly, who was already facing sexual abuse charges brought by Illinois prosecutors, was indicted on allegations that he and his business manager paid hundreds of thousands of dollars and used physical abuse and blackmail to prevent girls and their relatives from providing evidence to law enforcement about his sex acts with minors and videos depicting them. An indictment unsealed Friday in Chicago says he arranged for a girl and her parents to travel overseas so they could not talk with police prior to his indictment on 21 counts of child pornography. The pornography case stemmed from allegations that Kelly recorded a video of him engaging in sex acts with the girl, who was 12 or 13 when they met in the mids.
Surviving R. Kelly is a six-part Lifetime documentary detailing sexual abuse allegations against American singer Robert "R. Shortly after the docuseries aired, Kelly's record label dissolved its working relationship with him.
Kelly, center, arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court building for an arraignment on sex-related felonies in Chicago. Kelly, already facing sexual abuse charges brought by Illinois prosecutors, was arrested in Chicago on sweeping federal indictments that accuse him and members of his entourage of recruiting women and girls to engage in illegal sexual activity with the performer and later paying victims and witnesses to cover up his crimes. An indictment unsealed Friday in the Eastern District of New York includes charges of racketeering, kidnapping, forced labor and the sexual exploitation of a child.
Singer R. Kelly a chance to go free while he awaits trial on charges he sexually abused four people. The counts each carry a maximum of seven years in prison.
For 16 years, I never stopped reporting, taking the calls and emails from victims who said Kelly had never stopped hurting young women, even after he was acquitted on charges of making child pornography in A second set of parents, Angelo and Alice Clary, soon told me the same story about their daughter Azriel, and I confirmed the information from these parents by talking to ten more sources, all of them on the record, and many providing extensive corroborating documentation. I worked at length with three news organizations, all of which provided additional reporting help, and I got far down the line with editing, fact-checking, and legal vetting at each before executives above the level of the editors I worked with decided not to publish. Desperate to bring their daughters Joy and Azriel home, the Savages and the Clarys contacted me several times a week throughout that long wait.
The female minor featured with R. Kelly in the videotape at the center of his previous child-pornography charges, who declined to testify against him inis cooperating with federal investigators on new charges, her lawyer, Christopher L. Brown, told the New York Times.