R&B star, R. Kelly, was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, on Friday, in Chicago.
The charges stem from a newly discovered video found by attorney Michael Avenatti that allegedly shows Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old girl, The Chicago Sun-Times and TMZ reported, citing court records.
Avenatti, who remained quiet throughout his 10-month “investigation” of Kelly on behalf of multiple clients, responded to the indictment on Twitter, proclaiming, “After 25 years of serial sexual abuse and assault of underage girls, the day of reckoning for R Kelly has arrived.”
Gerald Griggs, an Atlanta lawyer who represents the parents of a woman they believe is being held against her will as a member of Kelly’s alleged “sex cult,” celebrated the indictment and predicted more would be forthcoming soon from “multiple jurisdictions” around the country.
“This is just the beginning of the charges,” Griggs said. Kelly is also under investigation in Fulton County, Ga., and by the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Eastern District of New York, he said.
The indictment of Kelly, 52, culminates nearly two decades of allegations, one failed criminal trial, a surging #MuteRKelly campaign, a breakup with his recording label, and the airing of a Kelly-damning film series, “Surviving R. Kelly,” in January.