Kelly Faces 10 Counts Of Aggravated Criminal Sex Abuse
- Author: Marlene Weaver Feb 23, 2019,
Feb 23, 2019, 0:59
Avenatti later told press: "My client knows the identity of the girl and R. Kelly".
Kim Foxx - the State's Attorney for Cook County, which includes Chicago - told journalists the alleged crimes occurred between 1998 and 2010.
Although it's still unclear when the sex tape was shot, Avenatti says he's certain that it falls within the statute of limitations.
In a brief appearance before reporters, Cook County State's Attorney's Kim Foxx announced the 10 counts against the 52-year-old Grammy victor.
Michael Avenatti, who recently claimed to have turned over a video tape to authorities that showed Kelly allegedly having sex with an underage girl, praised authorities for filing charges. In 2008, he was tried and acquitted on child pornography charges in Chicago.
Friday's charges come after years of allegations directed at Kelly, accusing the now 52-year-old of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls. The airing of the Lifetime's docu-series Surviving R Kelly, brought renewed interest in the allegations, and led to the launching of several criminal investigations. Neither Kelly's legal representative nor the Cook County prosecutor's office immediately responded to Fox News' request for comment on the charges.
"So they're all lying?", Salerno asks rhetorically. "I think the reason why I think I made it out is because I said, 'Robert, you're going to kill me".
Scaff said she was 16 and Washington was 15 when the pair attended a concert and after-party featuring Kelly and LL Cool J in Baltimore.
She says she was under the influence of marijuana and alcohol at the time.
Foxx's office said it has been inundated with tips after the top prosecutor urged victims to come forward.
This is a developing story and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.