Prosecutors unveil claims R. Kelly had sexual contact with underage boy
Federal prosecutors on Friday filed new accusations against R&B singer R. Kelly in his New York sex trafficking case, including that he allegedly had sexual contact with an underage boy in addition to the previously reported abuse to teenage girls and women.
While the motion does not file new charges against R. Kelly, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, the prosecutors detailed previously undisclosed allegations in the case, in which the singer and record producer faces charges for alleged crimes of sexual assault, kidnapping and a racketeering scheme to provide him with underage victims for sex crimes.
The prosecutors alleged in Friday’s 52-page memo that Kelly, whose current charges include six alleged female victims dating as far back as 1991, in or around December 2006 met a 17-year-old boy at a McDonald’s and invited him to attend an after party at his house in Chicago.
R. Kelly allegedly then invited the boy, identified in the court document only as “John Doe #1,” into his studio “under the guise of helping and mentoring John Doe #1 with his musical aspirations.”
“Kelly also asked John Doe #1 what he was willing to do to succeed in the music business and clarified that he wanted John Doe #1 to engage in sexual contact with [him],” the prosecutors said. “With that backdrop, Kelly then engaged in sexual contact with John Doe #1, in violation of Illinois law.”
The new allegations come as jury selection for his New York trial is scheduled to begin on Aug. 9 after being pushed back several times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The charges in this case relate to those filed in Illinois, though a federal judge approved a motion for the case to be relocated to New York.
R. Kelly, who faces several county and federal level cases in New York, Illinois and Minnesota, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
R. Kelly was supposed to go to trial on separate charges in Chicago in September last year, but his lawyer said that is also unlikely to take place. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges and is being held without bail in federal prison in Chicago. He was acquitted in that case of child pornography charges.
R. Kelly doesn’t know how to read and write. “I don’t even read really and I’m not afraid to say that,” he told a news channel how his illiteracy affected his life. “My cousins and brothers used to tease me, ‘You can’t even read right.”
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