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Minnesota charges R. Kelly with child prostitution

Posted by / August 7, 2019

Mike Freeman, Minnesota’s Hennepin County Attorney, has announced two new charges against R. Kelly: engaging in prostitution with a child. Kelly allegedly paid an underaged fan $200 to strip and dance for him, after which “sexual contact” allegedly occurred.

The disgraced singer and producer R. Kelly has already been charged 11 new felony counts of sexual abuse. Some of those carry a sentence of up to 30 years in prison. Court records show that those those counts include: four counts of aggravated criminal sex assault; three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim between 13 and 16; two counts of criminal sex assault by force; and two counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse.

Robert Kelly, the famed musician and producer, had already been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Cook County, Illinois.

These events are the direct result of Lifetime’s release of a documentary called “Surviving R. Kelly,” which led Chicago authorities to open an investigation. In that documentary, several women reported that R. Kelly had sex with them while they were underage, and what’s more, they claimed that he kept them against their will.

Months later, Michael Avenatti, the attorney who represented Stormy Daniels in her suit against Donald Trump, claimed that there was video evidence of R. Kelly engaging in sexual activities with underage girls. He claimed to have turned that tape into authorities, though authorities did not initially confirm this. These charges against R. Kelly are the result of this video, in which Kelly is seen having sex with a girl who was fourteen years old at the time. Three of the four women involved in these charges were between 13 and 16 when Kelly forced them to engage in sexual activities.

R. Kelly’s daughter has spoken out, saying, amongst other things: “I am well aware of who and what he is. I grew up in that house.”

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