R. Kelly charged in Cook County with aggravated criminal sexual abuse

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Grammy-winning singer R. Kelly was charged on Friday with criminal sexual abuse of at least three girls under 17, a prosecutor said, following years of allegations against the 52-year-old R&B singer. There are four alleged victims involved in this case with one of them being the subject of four of the counts. A warrant for the singer's arrest has been issued and he is expected to appear at a bond hearing Saturday afternoon; TMZ, citing sources close to Kelly, says that the singer plans to turn himself in to police tonight. As many as a dozen accusers came forward to testify.

Avenatti maintained that the footage fell within the statue of limitations to be tried in criminal court. The tape has reportedly been turned over to Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx in Chicago. He told the AP that the person who provided the VHS tape knew both Kelly and the female in the video. In 2008, a Cook County jury found Kelly not guilty on 14 counts of child pornography charges. Kelly, took another look at old sexual misconduct allegations against the R&B star. In 2002, he received the sex tape in the mail that was central to Kelly's 2008 trial.

This would be the singer's second time being hit with a sexual abuse charge from Cook County.

On Feb. 21, attorney Gloria Allred held a press conference where two women, Latresa Scaff, 40, and Rochelle Washington, 39, stepped forward with their own claims against Kelly, according to Variety.

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Kelly's lawyer, Steven Greenberg, said that he had not been notified that his client had been charged.

She says she was under the influence of marijuana and alcohol at the time. Rodgers, then 20, said in a television interview that Kelly, 51, instructed her to call him "daddy" and told her his goal was to teach her how to have sex like a "mature woman".

R. Kelly performs at Little Caesars Arena on February 21, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan.

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