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R. Kelly hit with 11 new sex charges in Illinois


PROSECUTORS have filed 11 new sex charges against R&B singer R. Kelly.

The Fiesta singer has already pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims, three of whom were underage at the time of the alleged encounters, and on Thursday (May 30), authorities announced new charges against the 52 year old.

He now stands accused of four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, two of criminal sexual assault by force, two of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, and three of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against a victim between the ages of 13 to 16.

All are said to involve the same victim dating back to an incident in January, 2010, although it's not clear if the female is also linked to the indictment filed against Kelly earlier this year.

Kelly's attorney, Steve Greenberg, has yet to reportedly read through the court documents, but he told The Chicago Sun Times, "We'll see what the charges are, and we'll proceed accordingly.

"I know this much: It's old. They're allegations from years ago."

The new charges follow after Kelly was the subject of damning TV docu-series Surviving R. Kelly, which detailed the sex assault allegations mounting up against him. He also spent three days in prison in March after skipping a court deadline to settle his debts with ex-wife Andrea Kelly, who claimed she was owed more than $160,000 (£127,000) in child support.

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