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R. Kelly charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse

Global News logo Global News 2019-02-22 Katie Scott
R. Kelly smiling for the camera: R. Kelly Performs During the Hliday Jam at Fox Theater on December 27, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. © Prince Williams/WireImage R. Kelly Performs During the Hliday Jam at Fox Theater on December 27, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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R. Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Cook County on Friday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune.

The 52-year-old singer's court date is listed as March 8.

On Thursday, two women said that R. Kelly picked them out of a crowd at a Baltimore after-party in the mid-1990s when they were underage and had sex with one of the teens although she was under the influence of marijuana and alcohol and could not consent.

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The women, Latresa Scaff and Rochelle Washington, joined lawyer Gloria Allred at a New York City news conference to tell their story publicly for the first time.

Their accusations come weeks after a Lifetime documentary series, Surviving R. Kelly, took a close look at old sexual misconduct allegations against the R&B star.

The Dream Hampton-produced exposé details the longtime controversy surrounding Kelly and his history of alleged sex crimes against a shocking number of young women.

With more than 50 conducted interviews — including quotes from former collaborators and victims of Kelly’s alleged sex crimes — Hampton hoped to expose as many allegations of predatory tendencies and sexual misconduct levelled against the singer as she could.

Kelly has denied all of these allegations.

Scaff said she was 16 and Washington was 15 when the pair attended a concert and after-party featuring Kelly and LL Cool J in Baltimore.

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Scaff said Kelly singled the girls out at the after-party, had a member of his entourage ply them with drugs and alcohol and told them to meet him at his hotel suite.

“We both went to the hotel, thinking there was going to be another party there,” Scaff said.

Scaff said the two girls were in Kelly’s hotel room when Kelly entered with his penis already outside of his jeans. She said he wanted a threesome with the two teens but Washington said no and escaped to the bathroom.

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With Washington in the bathroom, Kelly asked Scaff for oral sex and then had intercourse with her although she was under the influence of marijuana and alcohol and “did not have the capacity to consent,” she said.

Kelly’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, has said his client never knowingly had sex with an underage woman.

Kelly, whose legal name is Robert Kelly, has faced allegations of sexual misconduct with underage girls for decades and has denied them.

He was acquitted in 2008 of child pornography charges stemming from a sex tape he allegedly made with an underage girl.

This story is developing... more to come

If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse or is involved in an abusive situation, please visit the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime for help. They are also reachable toll-free at 1-877-232-2610.

—With files from the Associated Press

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