R Kelly is once again making headlines and unsurprisingly it’s not for good reasons.
The musician has been charged with nearly a dozen new counts of sexual assault.
Robert Sylvester Kelly, better known as R Kelly, has been charged with multiple counts of sexual assault.
The charges came to light following the release of a documentary, called Surviving R Kelly, which featured various women who accused Kelly of abuse.
More charges are now also being brought against the star.
What has R Kelly been charged with?
To date, R Kelly, 52, is facing a total of 21 criminal charges. If found guilty of some of these charges, the star could see himself facing up to 30 years behind bars.
The charges includes 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse which were brought against him in February – for which he has pleaded not guilty and has been released on bail after paying the $US 1million bond.
11 new felony counts of sexual assault have now also been brought against him on May 30.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times these new 11 charges are: 2 counts of criminal sexual assault by force, 2 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, 4 counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, 3 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against a victim between the ages of 13 to 16.
These four new counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault have been deemed felony Class X counts, which means its the most serious in the state of Illinois, with the exception of first-degree murder.
Following this news, Kelly’s lawyer Steve Greenberg tweeted:
‘[Kelly] was NOT charged with a new case. He was recharged in an existing case, same alleged victim and time (a decade ago) It changes nothing. ‘These are the same conduct, just charged differently, same alleged victim, same time frame, same facts. We expect the same results.’
The star is due to appear in court on the 11 new charges on 6 June.