R. Kelly has been hit with 11 new sexual assault charges that could send him to prison for up to 30 years.
Kelly got the bad news Thursday regarding the 11 fresh counts handed down by the Cook County prosecutors.
Four of the new charges, aggravated criminal sexual assault, are felony “Class X” counts, which are the most serious in Illinois, outside of first-degree murder. They carry a mandatory sentence of six to 30 years.
Kelly’s attorney Steve Greenberg however doesn’t seem phased. “We’ll see what the charges are, and we’ll proceed accordingly,” Greenberg told the Sun-Times. “I know this much: It’s old. They’re allegations from years ago.”
In February, the embattled “Ignition” singer was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims, three of whom were underage. Kelly who is free on $1 million bond, is due to appear in court on the new case June 6.
According to the charges, the alleged new offense happened in January 2010. The charging document does not contain many details, but the new case may not involve a new victim, since the initials of the victim in the latest case are the same as one of victims in the cases previously charged.
The new case charges Kelly with four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, two counts of criminal sexual assault by force, two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, and three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against a victim between the ages of 13 to 16.
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