R. Kelly faces a new indictment in Chicago that includes more sexual abuse claims and a new minor victim.
The R&B artist continues to remain behind bars while awaiting trial. According to The Chicago Sun-Times, federal prosecutors filed the indictment, adding a new victim to the federal case. A previously listed victim has also been removed from the case.
R. Kelly, legal name Robert Kelly, faces new charges alleging sexual misconduct with a previously unmentioned minor between 1997 and 2000 including compelling her “to engage in sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense, namely, aggravated criminal sexual abuse.”
These new charges mean Kelly now must appear for arraignment at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse in Chicago however his trial, currently scheduled for April may be delayed. Alongside the new charges includes the removal of one previously listed victim.
An unnamed person previously listed as ‘Minor 2’ is now identified as ‘Individual D.’ The Chicago Sun-Times reports the update could mean that although the prosecution felt uneasy presenting that person as a victim, there was enough evidence to have them on the stand as a witness, according to a former federal prosecutor.
R. Kelly awaits trial in not only Chicago but New York City where charges include bribery involving Kelly’s marriage to the late R&B singer Aaliyah.