R. Kelly has been charged with 11 additional counts of abuse, it has been revealed.
Chicago prosecutors charged him with four counts of aggravated criminal assault, two counts of criminal assault by force, two counts of aggravated criminal abuse, and three counts of aggravated criminal abuse.
The alleged victim is between the ages of 13 and 16.
The four aggravated criminal assault charges are class X felonies in Illinois, which are punishable by six to 30 years in prison. All 11 charges are felonies.
In February, Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal abuse against four women
In February, Kelly was arrested and charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal abuse against four women. Three of the women were under the age of 17 at the time of the alleged assaults.
It remains unclear if this week’s charges involve a new alleged victim or is one from the cases that Kelly was charged with in February.
One of the four women filed a $50,000 civil suit against Kelly earlier this year. She claims to have met Kelly in May 1998 when she was walking down the street in Chicago.
The woman alleges that Kelly spotted her and pulled his car over so that he could talk to her. She was a minor at the time.
On that same day, one of Kelly’s associates met with the girl and her family at a restaurant and gave her the singer’s phone number.
The associate said that Kelly wanted the girl to come to his studio and ‘be in a video that he was making’, the suit claims.
‘[She] was star struck and wanted to meet the defendant to pursue a role in what she believed was a music video,’ it added.
The woman said that Kelly began to abuse her about a month later and that it lasted for a year.
‘During these repeated incidents, [Kelly] represented to the minor plaintiff that this behaviour was appropriate,’ the lawsuit reads.
Darrell Johnson, Kelly’s publicist, said in April that the rapper and his team are unbothered by recent legal developments.
‘We don’t care about the lawsuit,’ he said. ‘The lawsuit means nothing to us.’
Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, pleaded not guilty in February to the charges that he assaulted the three teen girls and a fourth adult woman.