Reporting R. Kelly: ABC7 looks back on decades of sex abuse allegations against Chicago superstar

Reporting R. Kelly: ABC7 looks back on decades of sex abuse allegations against Chicago superstar

CHICAGO (TOC) — “Reporting R. Kelly” takes a glance again at ABC7’s reporting on the intercourse abuse allegations towards R. Kelly from the mid-Nineteen Nineties to the current day.

Born Robert Sylvester Kelly in 1967, Chicago R&B singer and songwriter R. Kelly rose to fame within the Nineteen Nineties. On the peak of his profession, Kelly was value at the very least $100 million. Thus far, he has bought greater than 75 million information.

Greatest recognized for his track “I Consider I Can Fly,” the embattled singer’s profession has been checkered with allegations of sexual abuse involving minors. Seemingly untouchable for many years by legislation enforcement, he is remained behind bars since an arrest in July 2019.

Kelly was convicted in a U.S. District Court docket in Brooklyn on racketeering conspiracy prices alleging he used his music profession to additional a legal enterprise. He was sentenced to 30 years in jail for that conviction on June 29.

His lawyer Jennifer Bonjean, who additionally represented Invoice Cosby, has tried to delay each the sentencing listening to and the beginning date of Kelly’s separate Chicago trial. His Chicago trial is now set to start on August 1.

In Chicago, Kelly is charged with working a years-long scheme to purchase again intercourse tapes he allegedly made with underage ladies. The 5 alleged victims had been all underage when prosecutors mentioned that they had intercourse with Kelly within the late Nineteen Nineties. Prosecutors additionally charged Kelly and two associates, together with supervisor Derrel McDavid, with a decades-long conspiracy to silence victims and witnesses.

Here’s a timeline of Kelly’s embattled profession:Aug. 31, 1994:At age 27, R. Kelly marries his 15-year-old protégé, Aaliyah Haughton. Kelly is the lead songwriter and producer on her debut album “Age Ain’t Nothing However a Quantity.” The couple weds in a secret ceremony organized by Kelly at a resort in Chicago. The wedding is annulled months later due to Aaliyah’s age.

Feb. 18, 1997:Authorized troubles start. Tiffany Hawkins recordsdata swimsuit towards Kelly in addition to his report, publishing and administration firms, claiming private accidents and emotional injury arising from an alleged sexual relationship with Kelly, which she says started when she was 15 and ended when she was 18. That case is reportedly settled out of court docket.

Feb. 8, 2002: The Chicago Solar-Occasions reported that it obtained a videotape allegedly exhibiting Kelly having intercourse with a minor. The paper reported Chicago police started investigating allegations about Kelly and the identical lady three years earlier. On the time, the lady and her dad and mom denies she was having intercourse with Kelly.

June 5, 2002: Kelly is indicted on 21 prices associated to youngster pornography ensuing from the second anonymously despatched videotape of him showing to have intercourse with a younger lady. The singer is arrested at his Florida trip residence. Kelly maintains his innocence and is launched on bail.

Might 9, 2008:Kelly’s youngster pornography trial begins.

June 13, 2008:Kelly is acquitted on all counts after lower than a full day of deliberations.

Jan 8, 2009:Kelly and his former spouse, Andrea, finalize their divorce after 11 years of marriage.

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July 17, 2017: BuzzFeed publishes an explosive article outlining allegations that Kelly is holding a gaggle of grownup girls towards their will as a part of what a few of their dad and mom say is a “cult.” A bunch of individuals cited within the article allege their daughters, ages 18 to 31, are part of an entourage of at the very least six girls hooked up to Kelly.Timothy and Joycelyn Savage inform CNN they consider their grownup daughter, Joycelyn, is having a sexual relationship with Kelly and he or she is being manipulated by him into slicing off contact with the surface world. Joycelyn Savage denies these claims and asks her dad and mom, through a video shared with TMZ, to cease talking out about her relationship with Kelly. Oronike Odeleye begins a petition to get Kelly’s music off the airwaves in Atlanta, which catches the attention of activist Kenyette Barnes and the hashtag #MuteRKelly is born.

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April 30, 2018:The Time’s Up marketing campaign, dedicated to serving to girls within the aftermath of sexual abuse, joins the #MuteRKelly social media marketing campaign and pushes for additional investigation into Kelly’s habits, which had come beneath nearer scrutiny over the earlier 12 months as girls got here ahead accusing him of sexual coercion and bodily abuse. Kelly’s camp responds: “We are going to vigorously resist this tried public lynching of a Black man who has made extraordinary contributions to our tradition.

Feb. 14, 2019: Lawyer Michael Avenatti says he gave Chicago prosecutors new video proof of Kelly having intercourse with an underage lady, and that it isn’t the identical proof utilized in Kelly’s 2008 trial.

Feb. 22, 2019: Kelly is arrested and charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse.

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Feb. 25, 2019: Kelly’s lawyer enters not responsible pleas on the singer’s behalf. Hours later, Kelly posts $100,0000 bail and is launched from jail in Chicago.

Might 30, 2019: Kelly is charged with 11 new sex-related counts in Chicago. They contain one of many girls who accused him of sexually abusing her when she was underage.

RELATED: R. Kelly going through 11 new counts of intercourse prices in Chicago, in response to court docket docs

July 11, 2019:The US Lawyer’s Workplace for the Northern District of Illinois releases a 13-count indictment that features youngster pornography and obstruction of justice prices. Kelly can also be charged in a separate indictment filed within the Jap District of New York for racketeering, kidnapping, compelled labor and the sexual exploitation of a kid. He’s once more arrested in Chicago.

July 16, 2019:A federal decide orders Kelly held in jail with out bond after a prosecutor warned he would pose an excessive hazard to younger ladies if let loose.

Oct. 2, 2019:A toenail an infection brought on Kelly to overlook a federal court docket listening to. Greenberg mentioned his shopper was in a strolling boot after having his toenail eliminated and did not need anybody to step on his foot.

Dec. 5, 2019: Kelly is charged by federal prosecutors with paying a bribe in trade for a “fraudulent identification doc” for an unidentified feminine a day earlier than he married R&B singer Aaliyah. He later pleads not responsible. Aaliya died in 2001 on the age of twenty-two in a aircraft crash.

March 5, 2020:Kelly pleads not responsible in Chicago to an up to date federal indictment that included youngster pornography prices and allegations involving a brand new accuser, whereas prosecutors say extra prices alleging yet one more sufferer had been upcoming.

Aug. 18, 2021: Opening statements start in Kelly’s long-anticipated federal trial in New York arising from years of allegations that he sexually abused girls and ladies whereas pursuing fame and fortune.

RELATED: R. Kelly intercourse abuse trial begins in NYC

Sept. 27, 2021: R. Kelly is discovered responsible on all counts in his New York intercourse trafficking trial.

June 29, 2022: R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in jail on New York intercourse trafficking conviction.

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