R&B superstar R. Kelly turned himself in to Chicago police on Friday, after prosecutors charged him with ten counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse against four victims, three of them minors.
The R&B star, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, has faced decades of claims of sexual abuse against women and teenagers below the age of consent. He has never been convicted and has previously denied other allegations.
An arrest warrant was issued, and the fifty-two-year-old turned himself in to police in Chicago later on Friday. His lawyer says he is “shell-shocked”. Steve Greenberg said that his client was “extraordinarily disappointed and depressed” by the charges and maintains his innocence.
The indictment comes just weeks after a documentary series called Surviving R Kelly aired. It contained decades of allegations of abuse against R Kelly, from many women, including the singer’s ex-wife.