R KELLY has been charged with ten counts of aggravated sexual abuse on underage girls.
The singer is set to appear in court on March 8, the Chicago SunTimes reported citing court records.
Getty Images – Getty R Kelly has been charged with ten counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse
Kelly, 52 – one of the most successful R&B acts in history – has been plagued by claims of sexual abuse against several women and girls, which he denies.
Documents seen by DailyMail.com have revealed that all counts involve girls who were between the ages of 13 and 16 at the time.
‘DECADES OF ALLEGATIONS’
Celeb lawyer Michael Avenatti who has been involved with the claims instantly reacted to the news on social media.
He said on Twitter, “It’s over”, before adding: “After 25 years of serial sexual abuse and assault of underage girls, the day of reckoning for R Kelly has arrived.”
Just last week Avenatti gave prosecutors a sex tape which allegedly featured the R&B singer with an underage girl.
Kelly’s lawyer Steven Greenberg told the SunTimes that he was not aware that the singer had been charged.
And news of his charge comes after fresh explosive claims which were released today.
Latresa Scaff and Rochelle Washington said they were 16 and 15 when the singer allegedly cornered them in a hotel room after a concert in Baltimore.
‘OFFERED DRUGS AND ALCOHOL’
Speaking at a press conference in New York, the women said Kelly’s security staff picked them out of a concert audience in “either 1995 or 1996”, the BBC reported.
Latresa, now 40, said she and her pal were given cocaine, marijuana and alcohol and invited to wait for the singer in his hotel room.
She further claimed she and Rochelle were told to “pull up their dresses” ahead of Kelly’s arrival.
When he did arrived, he had his penis exposed and invited the girls to a threesome, Latresa said.
Rochelle, 39, refused and went to the bathroom while Latresa had sex with Kelly “even though I did not have the ability to consent” due to the drink and drugs, she added.
Rochelle and I did what we were told. We were standing, and we had panties on underneath our dressesLatresa Scaff
According to the BBC’s report, the two women are being represented by lawyer Gloria Allred, who said they would be speaking to the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York on Thursday.
Latresa said she chose to come forward “because of all the other victims”.
Two women come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against R&B singer R Kelly
She said: “Rochelle and I did what we were told. We were standing, and we had panties on underneath our dresses.”
A spokesperson told MailOnline that they could neither confirm or deny that an investigation had been opened into Kelly.
Kelly has faced claims of sexual abuse for more than two decades.
A recent documentary, Surviving R Kelly, showed accounts of his alleged abuse of women.
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The programme claimed he ran an “abusive cult” in which he allegedly kept women captive.
Kelly’s lawyers later dismissed the documentary as “another round of stories” being used to “fill reality TV time”.
The Sun Online has contacted R Kelly’s lawyer, Steven Greenberg.
Getty Images – Getty R Kelly is set to appear in court on March 8
Reuters Celeb lawyer Michael Avenatti immediately reacted to the news saying, ‘It’s over’
Getty – Contributor Kelly has faced claims of sexual abuse for more than two decades
AP:Associated Press Latresa Scaff, right, and Rochelle Washington say R Kelly cornered them in a hotel room
AP:Associated Press Latresa, left and Rochelle Washington, posing in front of a picture of R Kelly on the night they claim they became victims
Getty Images – Getty Latresa, now 40, said she and her pal were given cocaine, marijuana and alcohol
AP:Associated Press Latresa Scaff, right, and Rochelle Washington, left, look on as attorney Gloria Allred holds up a picture of them as teenagers on the night they claim they were cornered by R Kelly
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