R&B star R. Kelly is in police custody after turning himself in to a Chicago police precinct Friday night, hours after he was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
The grim-faced singer, 52, arrived at the station at 8:15 local time. The Chicago Sun-Times posted video of the arrested Kelly, handcuffed under a blue jacket, as he was lead into’s Chicago’s District 1 police office.
“Singer/songwriter Robert Kelly (R. Kelly) is under arrest and in #ChicagoPolice custody,” Anthony Guglielmi, chief communications officer for the Chicago Police tweeted. “The defendant will appear in court tomorrow afternoon.”
The charges have left the singer “shell-shocked,” according to his attorney Steve Greenberg. Each count carries 3-7 years in prison.
Greenberg told the Associated Press that his client is “extraordinarily disappointed and depressed” about the charges.
Some of the charges stem from a newly discovered video found by attorney Michael Avenatti that allegedly shows Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old girl, according to a copy of the indictment obtained by USA TODAY.
A no-bail arrest warrant for Kelly was issued by a Chicago judge, The Associated Press reported. No-bail arrest warrants don’t necessarily mean the defendant won’t eventually be offered bail once appearing in court to answer the charges.
Kelly is to appear in court Saturday for a bond hearing, said Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx at a press conference in Chicago to announce the charges.
She said the indictment lists four victims, identified by initials, and multiple alleged criminal acts of sexual assault dating back to 1998. Court documents show three of the victims were between the ages of 13 and 17. At the time of the alleged crimes, she said, Kelly was at least five years older than the victims.