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R. Kelly faces 11 new and more serious charges in sexual abuse case

An Illinois grand jury has indicted singer R. Kelly on 11 new charges in his sexual assault and sexual abuse case, including four new felonies with maximum penalties of 30 years in prison, according to court documents released Thursday.

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His attorney said Kelly has been recharged in his existing case as it pertains to one alleged victim.

The charges range from aggravated criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual assault to aggravated criminal sexual abuse, the document says.

A person convicted of aggravated criminal sexual assault can be sentenced to between six and 30 years in prison, according to Illinois law.

Kelly, 52, has vehemently denied any allegations of sexual misconduct.

A crisis manager for Kelly, Darrell Johnson, said,

“He still maintains his innocence and denies all accusations brought against him by Jerhonda Pace in any state moving forward. He looks forward to a swift and speedy trial.”

In February, Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony, involving four alleged victims.

The charges involved alleged criminal conduct from 1998 to 2010.

Kelly is scheduled to appear in court on June 6, said Sophia Ansari, a spokeswoman for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

The singer was released on bail in March in a case in which authorities have said he failed to pay his ex-wife child support of $161,000.

Kelly has faced accusations of abuse, manipulation and inappropriate encounters with girls and young women for more than two decades.

In a March interview with CBS he said:

“I’m very tired of all of the lies. I’ve been hearing things and seeing things on all of the blogs and I’m just tired.”

Written by Gift Amadi

Gift Eruchi Amadi is a passionate blogger.

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