Additional expenses had been filed in Chicago on Thursday towards the R&B singer R. Kelly, rising strain on the entertainer who was arrested in February on 10 counts of aggravated prison sexual abuse.
Mr. Kelly was charged in Cook County Circuit Court with 11 new counts, together with aggravated prison sexual assault, which may carry a sentence of as much as 30 years in jail. The charging paperwork describe intercourse and oral intercourse with a minor “by the use of force or threat of force.” The incidents passed off between 2009 and 2010.
An individual with data of the case mentioned that the accuser, who’s recognized in paperwork as “J.P.,” is Jerhonda Pace, one of many 4 girls Mr. Kelly was charged earlier this 12 months with having sexually abused. Ms. Pace first advised her story publicly in a BuzzFeed News article written by the music journalist Jim DeRogatis.
Mr. Kelly’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, mentioned in a textual content message on Thursday, “These ‘new’ expenses are usually not actually new — they’re the identical conduct, simply charged in another way, similar alleged sufferer, similar time-frame, similar info. There are nonetheless 4 instances, not 5. And we nonetheless anticipate the identical outcomes.”
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The singer has denied the allegations towards him, together with in a exceptional TV interview with Gayle King during which he screamed, cursed and jumped out of his chair.
After years of persistent rumors and accusations of sexual misconduct, Mr. Kelly was tried in 2008 on youngster pornography expenses stemming from a 27-miniute tape during which prosecutors mentioned he had intercourse with and urinated on a teenage lady. The lady refused to testify towards him, and Mr. Kelly was acquitted on all counts.
In January, the six-part Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” put his habits again within the highlight, with intimate interviews of girls describing abusive habits on his half. An outpouring of rage adopted the documentary’s launch, and Mr. Kelly, who had lengthy appeared proof against the allegations towards him, was dropped by his report label.
Since the documentary was broadcast, prosecutors in Chicago and Atlanta in addition to the federal authorities have been investigating him.
Robert Chiarito reported from Chicago.