Though he just pleaded not guilty to an updated federal indictment that includes sex abuse allegations involving a new accuser, the long built case against singer R. Kelly is not over yet. For years the ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ award-winning singer has been in and out of the headlines for his deviant sexual behavior. Now the singer is being represented by Attorney Steve Greenberg in Chicago federal court with a 13-count superseding indictment, including counts of child pornography, which was unsealed last month.
For more than two decades, R&B singer R. Kelly has faced allegations of sexual abuse beginning with his annulled marriage to Aaliyah in 1994 – she was 15-years-old while R. Kelly was 27. In 1996 the artist was sued by Tiffany Hawkins, who claimed to have started having sex with Kelly in 1991 when she was 15. This case settled out of court for $250,000. The singer continued this trend with 7 allegations and even more charges from 2001 to 2018.
Then in 2019 after the release of the Lifetime docu-series ‘Surviving R. Kelly’, which provides an account of the two decades of allegations from the singers’ accusers, R. Kelly is charged yet again when another video surfaces. This video is said to contain Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old girl. After pleading not guilty, he then takes to CBS to defend himself in a chilling interview with Gayle King.
Over the course of the next year, leading up to today, R. Kelly is slammed with charges such as sexual assault, abuse against a minor, and child pornography in Chicago, New York, and Minnesota.
R. Kelly was jailed in July and has been awaiting trial at a Chicago federal prison, a block from the courthouse where he attends pre-trial hearings. He has participated in hearings in his New York case by video. In this current Chicago case, he is being accused of having sex with five minors from the late 1990s to early 200s with multiple videos of evidence. Little details have been revealed by his newest accuser.
In New York, Kelly is facing charges for two decades of racketeering with an enterprise of “managers, bodyguards, drivers, personal assistants, and runners” who recruited women and girls for the singer, transporting them around the country.
Now, Kelly faces a new challenge as Azriel Clary, his 22-year-old ex-girlfriend, has brought on new claims. “He has a video of me, he made me do this video, actually, of me doing a number two in a cup, and then eating it, out of the cup”, Azriel admits in a video presented by Asis Entertainment Network. While Clary appeared in an interview just under a year ago with Joycelyn Savage, R. Kelly’s “other girlfriend”, previously defending the artist she has since returned to her parents. Joycelyn claims to still be loyal to Kelly even though her co-partner has seemingly locked in his fate.