R Kelly: singer accused of sexual crimes in Chicago

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R Kelly has faced charges of sexual abuse for decades

The singer R Kelly was charged on Friday with 10 head of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, some of whom were victims of minors, reports from the US media.

The star of R & B, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, has faced accusations of sexual abuse against women and adolescents for decades.

He was never convicted and previously denied all charges.

The 52-year-old is expected in court in Chicago, where he lives, March 8.

According to US media that have witnessed legal testimony, there are four alleged victims, who were between 13 and 16 years old at the time of their reports of aggression.

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Kelly's lawyer told the Chicago Sun-Times that he had not yet been informed of the charges against his client on Friday, but said R Kelly denied any wrongdoing.

Last week, Attorney Michael Avenatti said his office had uncovered an unreleased footage of Kelly having sex with a girl, which was then delivered to the Cook County District Attorney, whose jurisdiction includes Chicago.

In recent months there have been calls to boycott Kelly's music – both recordings and shows – with negative messages posted on social media using the #MuteRKelly hashtag.

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People demanded a boycott on Kelly's music with the #MuteRKelly hashtag

Kelly, best known for the hit song I Believe I Can Fly, has faced numerous allegations of sexual misconduct, making indecent images of children and other crimes.

The singer is the subject of the documentary Surviving R Kelly, premiered in New York in December and featuring women who accuse him of sexual and physical abuse.

In 2017, Kelly denied allegations that she held a number of captive young women in a so-called "abusive cult".

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