It seems after decades of alleged abuse, R. Kelly’s day of reckoning may finally be here. On Friday, February 22, the disgraced R&B singer was formally charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, involving four victims, three of which were minors between the ages of 13 and 16. A judge in Cook County, Illinois issued a no-bail warrant for Kelly’s arrest, and the embattled singer’s first court appearance is reportedly scheduled for March 8—International Women’s Day.
Each count is a class 2 felony and carries a sentence of between 3 to 7 years in prison if found guilty. The situation has become one of the year’s most gripping news stories, and even since the Surviving R. Kelly documentary series aired, Kelly’s history of criminality seemingly continues to unfold. On February 21, a new accuser came forward with allegations against Kelly. Even more shockingly however, is that just in just the last week, a damning new video tape was obtained by Michael Avenatti, who some might recognize as Stormy Daniels’ legal representative. The newly unearthed video, which was turned over to authorities, reportedly depicts Kelly engaging in sexual activity with a minor.
In recent weeks, various law enforcement agencies have piled on to the newly rehashed investigation into Kelly’s not-so-secret criminal behavior, including homeland security, the IRS, and the FBI. Now, it seems the embattled R&B superstar’s time might finally be up.