A Cook County judge has approved a no-bail arrest warrant for embattled R&B superstar R. Kelly, who was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims, at least three of them minors, Friday morning, records show.
Prosecutors allege the abuse happened in instances from 1998 to 2010, records show. The minors were between 13 and 16, prosecutors allege.
In a brief news conference Friday, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx briefly went through the charges and noted that Kelly was expected to appear at a bond hearing Saturday. Foxx answered no questions.
Kelly’s attorney, Steven Greenberg, said early Friday afternoon before the news conference that he had not been notified that his client had been charged. Greenberg has said in the past that his client denies any wrongdoing.
Kelly has been dogged by allegations of sexual impropriety for two decades. The indictment on Friday marks the first time he has been charged with any crimes since he was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008 in a case that received international attention.
Cook County prosecutors appeared before Judge Dennis Porter Friday, who approved the warrant for Kelly, records show.
Michael Avenatti, a well known attorney who said he recently provided a videotape of R. Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old girl to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, applauded prosecutors for filing charges. It is unclear if the charges are related to the videotape the attorney provided.
“The day of reckoning has arrived” for R Kelly, Avenatti said in a tweet.