R Kelly: Singer charged with sexual offences in Chicago
Singer R Kelly has been charged on Friday with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, some involving underage victims, US media report.
The R&B star, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, has faced claims of sexual abuse against women and teenage girls for decades.
He has never been convicted and has previously denied all the allegations.The 52-year-old is expected in court in Chicago, where he lives, on 8 March.
According to US media who have seen court records, there are four alleged victims, who were aged 13 to 16 at the time of their reported assaults.
Kelly’s lawyer told the Chicago Sun-Times he had not yet been notified of the charges against his client on Friday but said R Kelly denied any wrongdoing.
Last week, lawyer Michael Avenatti said that his office had uncovered previously unreleased footage of Kelly having sex with a young girl, which was then handed to the Cook County State Attorney, whose jurisdiction includes Chicago. (BBC)