R. Kelly’s mugshot has been released after it was announced that the singer is being held in custody after being charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The Ignition hitmaker, real name Robert Sylvester Kelly, was charged on Friday in Chicago, with judges issuing a warrant for his arrest.
The 52-year-old was anticipated to be in court on Saturday 23 February, but reports later suggested Kelly ‘turned himself into police’.
Defence lawyer Michael Avenatti then confirmed that R.Kelly is in custody via Twitter.
Kelly, who is also said to owe his ex-wife $200,000 in child support, has denied all allegations made against him, after a sex tape allegedly showing him having sex with a 14-year-old girl emerged.
He is also alleged to have married singer Aaliyah when she was just 15 years old in 1994. A marriage certificate reported to be from their big day shows Aaliyah as citing her age as 18 at the time of their marriage.
Vocalist Tiffany Hawkins is also reported to have sued Kelly back in 1996, with court documents stating that she said she began having sex with Kelly in 1991, when she was 15 and he was 24.
Back in 2002, Kelly was also charged with 21 counts of making child pornography, although he was found not guilty on all counts, due to the fact the jury struggled to identify the girl in the video.
Interest in allegations about the singer was re-ignited with the Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly. The executive producer, Dream Hampton, spoke out on Good Morning America, saying that she hopes for ‘real justice’ this time, after Kelly was previously charged, but not found guilty, of possession of child pornography.
Surviving R. Kelly executive producer speaks out after his arrest R Kelly ‘to spend the rest of his life in prison’ if found guilty of sexual abuse charges ‘We’ve been waiting for him to acknowledge the harm that he has caused. He’s never done that. He’s only ever denied, obfuscated and derailed. And placed blame with others,’ she explained.
However, she acknowledged: ‘We’ve been waiting for this moment for many, many years.’