Singer R. Kelly Arrested On Sex Abuse Charges

Singer R. Kelly Arrested On Sex Abuse Charges

Singer R. Kelly was placed in handcuffs as he entered a Chicago police station Friday night, hours after he was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse – a class 2 felony – involving four alleged victims.

His attorney, Steve Greenberg, said Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx succumbed to public pressure and that his client is an innocent man, reports the BBC and CNN.

An arrest warrant was issued, and the 52-year-old turned himself in to police in Chicago later on Friday. His lawyer says he is "shell-shocked."

His lawyer, Steve Greenberg, told The Associated Press that his client was "extraordinarily disappointed and depressed" by the charges and maintains his innocence.

The indictment come just weeks after a documentary series called Surviving R Kelly aired.

"I think all the women are lying," Greenberg said.

Kelly didn't speak to the media.

Kelly is scheduled to appear in court Saturday for a bail hearing, Foxx said Friday while announcing the charges. Arraignment is set for March 8.

The charges handed up in an indictment from a grand jury span from 1998 to 2010, Foxx said.

If convicted, Kelly faces three to seven years in prison for each count.

Kelly has been associated with accusations of abuse, manipulation and inappropriate encounters with girls and young women for more than two decades.

He has strongly denied the accusations.

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