Prosecutors in Cook County, United States, have added 11 new sexual charges, some of which carry a maximum jail term of 30 years, against singer R. Kelly.
The charges include four counts of aggravated sexual assault and two counts of sexual assault, according to the Chicago Sun-Times , citing court documents he posted on his website.
The four counts of aggravated sexual assault are punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
The alleged facts in 2010
The new charges apparently concern only one minor victim, identified in the court documents by the initials “JP”. It is not known if this is the same person identified by the same initials in the first lawsuits.
Eight of the facts alleged against R. Kelly were committed from January 1 to 30, 2010. The other three relate to presumed meetings from May 1, 2009 to January 31, 2010.
According to the prosecutors, the singer used force or threatened to force his victim to have oral sex. Since the victim was a minor, the statute of limitations for laying charges is 20 years from her 18th birthday, they said.
R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to the first charges and denied everything after his arrest in February. The Associated Press could not join him to comment on this new development.
The singer’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, did not immediately respond to an interview request. However, he told the Sun-Times that he had been made aware of the new charges by the prosecutors, but he could not read the documents about it. He added that his understanding of the facts blamed on his client goes back several years.
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