Robert Sylvester Kelly has been charged with 10 counts by the Cook County State’s Attorney. Prosecutors hit him with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse this morning. Nine of the 10 counts involve alleged victims ranging in age from 13 to 16 years old. One of them is the subject of 4 different counts. And there are a total of 4 alleged victims.
The criminal sexual abuse charge is a class 2 felony in Illinois, and each charge carries a max sentence of 3 to 7 years in prison. So if R Kelly gets the maximum penalty for each charge he is looking at 70 years behind bars. And if he gets the minimum penalty for each charge he is looking at 30 years behind bars.
A grand jury had convened about a week ago to investigate the alleged sex tape that Michael Avenatti handed over to authorities. TMZ broke the story … 2 women testified for the grand jury over the last week, including one who provided physical evidence. We’re told as many as a dozen women came forward to testify.
Sources connected to the case tell us the tape was a pivotal force leading to the charges. We’re told that Avenatti and his client spent a significant amount of time with the Cook County State’s Attorney and the grand jury in the last few weeks.
As we reported, Avenatti says he uncovered the VHS tape during a months-long investigation into allegations his clients made about Kelly having sex with minors. The tape reportedly shows Kelly having sex with a girl who seems to be 14 — with both Kelly and the girl referring to her genitals and other body parts as being 14 years old.
Sources connected to Kelly tell TMZ the singer plans to voluntarily turn himself in to authorities tonight. The family of Joycelyn Savage, one of Kelly’s current girlfriends featured in “Surviving R. Kelly,” is anxious to be reunited with her. Their attorney, Gerald Griggs, allegedly told TMZ they are waiting for him to be arrested so they can attempt to make contact with Joycelyn.