The singer reportedly plans to voluntarily turn himself into authorities tonight. As many as a dozen accusers came forward to testify. "This tape, which is clear, is approximately 45 minutes in length and has never previously been publicly disclosed or, until recently, provided to law enforcement". He said the girl in the tape is believed to be fourteen years old, but it's still unclear how long ago the video was shot.
The charges handed up in an indictment from a grand jury span from 1998 to 2010, the Chicago Sun-Times said.
The filmmaker's docuseries created a national conversation after featuring reported survivors who stepped forward to detail new allegations about Kelly's history with young girls. In 2002, he received the sex tape in the mail that was central to Kelly's 2008 trial.
Kelly, whose real name is Robert Kelly, was the subject of a television documentary series last month titled "Surviving R Kelly" in which multiple women made allegations of sexual misconduct against the performer.
Following public outcry, which included celebrities like John Legend and Lady Gaga speaking out against the hit singer, Illinois' Cook County District Attorney Kim Foxx put out a call for victims and new evidence against the Chicago-native.
"So they're all lying?", Salerno asks rhetorically.
Kelly's attorney, Steven Greenberg, has consistently denied the allegations, claiming that Kelly is not guilty of abuse. When they arrived at the hotel, a producer or manager paid for their taxi and they both went to the hotel suite thinking there would be another party.
Kelly married his protege Aaliyah in 1994, but after Vibe magazine questioned the couple's marriage certificate, it was learned that she was just 15. Court documents later obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times showed Aaliyah admitted lying about her age on the license. After saying that he wanted to have sex with the two of them, Washington turned him down and hid in a bathroom.
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