Reworked charges in Chicago cite another R. Kelly accuser
An updated federal indictment against R. Kelly filed Friday in Chicago includes sex abuse allegations involving a new accuser, contributing to the jailed vocalist’s installing legal challenges throughout three states.
The 26- page superseding indictment does not include more charges versus Kelly. It includes numerous counts of child porn, similar to the initial July indictment.
The filing refers to the brand-new accuser as “Minor 6” but no longer consists of any recommendation to a “Minor 2. That means there are still an overall of five alleged victims in the Chicago federal case.
The indictment provides few details about the new accuser. It states she satisfied Kelly around 1997 or 1998, when she would have been 14- or 15- years-old. It says Kelly taken part in sexual contact or sexual acts with her when she was under 18.
Kelly, 53, will be arraigned under the revamped indictment. That might happen March 5, a date set previously for a status hearing. The trial date stays April 27, though that will likely be pressed to later this year.
It’s unclear why Minor 2 no longer appears to be on the district attorneys’ list of declared victims.
Kelly deals with a number of dozen counts of state and federal sexual misbehavior charges in Illinois, Minnesota and New York, from sexual attack to heading a racketeering scheme intended at supplying Kelly with women.
The Grammy Award-winner is waiting for trial at a Chicago federal jail a block from the court house where he attends pre-trial hearings. He has actually taken part in hearings in his New York case by video.
The federal charges in Chicago implicate Kelly of shooting himself having sex with underage women and of paying off possible witnesses in his 2008 trial– at which he was acquitted– to get them to alter their stories.
Kelly has denied ever sexually abusing anybody.