Kelly was charged with 11 more charges of sexual assault and abuse. A grand jury in Illinois filed the new charges involving a woman who at the time of the alleged abuse was under the age of 18.
R. Kelly is reportedly due to face the charges back in court in a week. Earlier this year, 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse charges were charged against the R&B artist. He pleaded not guilty and was released on bail.
If convicted of the previous charges involving four alleged victims, three of whom were minors, he might face three to seven years in jail.
Steve Greenberg, the lawyer of R. Kelly, said the latest charges were not related to a new case. “He was recharged in an existing case, same alleged victim and time (a decade ago) It changes nothing,” he wrote on Twitter.
“These are the same conduct, just charged differently, the same alleged victim, same time frame, same facts. We expect the same results.”
The R&B singer has been the subject of allegations of sexual misconduct dating back to the 1990s; these accounts were detailed by the Lifetime docuseries ‘Surviving R. Kelly’, which was aired earlier this year.