R. Kelly allegations continue


Abel Uribe of Chicago Tribune

Kelly gives a press statement after being arrested on Feb. 22

On Feb. 22, an Illinois judge put out a warrant for the arrest of R&B singer R. Kelly. He was charged with 10 accounts of sexual abuse in Illinois. The investigation continues in New York, Detroit and Atlanta, where he may be linked to a sex cult. Kelly turned himself in to authorities, but was released on Feb. 25 on a 1-million-dollar bond.

Since 1996, R&B singer R. Kelly has been accused of sexual misconduct, abuse and inappropriate relationships with underage women. In 2008, Kelly was acquitted of the allegations against him for an alleged sexual relationship with a 13-year-old and has paid settlements to women who accused him of abuse.

The recent TV program released in Jan. by Lifetime, “Surviving R. Kelly,” has brought the singer back into the spotlight, as Kelly’s victims came forward with stories of his abuse. These victims range from 13 to 16 years old. They gave their statements to the grand jury, which gave prosecutors enough evidence to arrest him.

While out on bail, Kelly sat down with Gayle King of CBS News at Trump International Hotel in Chicago on March 8 to give his side of the story. The 80-minute interview quickly got heated, with Kelly angrily standing up, pointing in King’s face and loudly professing his innocence.

“Believe me, man! This is not me! They lying on me! They’re lying on me! I’m cool, bro.  I’m good. I’m not afraid because I’m telling the truth. I’m not afraid because I’m telling the truth,” Kelly said.