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R. Kelly faces fresh abuse allegations, including sexual relationship with a 17-year-old boy

R. Kelly the American R&B singer, is facing new accusations of abuse, including the claim that he had an inappropriate sexual connection with a 17-year-old young man.

According to authorities, the Grammy-winning musician Robert Kelly is accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old kid after meeting him at a McDonald’s in Chicago in 2006. 

Prosecutors said evidence of these and other alleged but uncharged crimes would be heard during Kelly’s trial in August. However, Kelly maintains that he has never abused anybody, and his attorneys have not reacted to the most recent accusations.

He will be tried in New York on accusations of child sexual exploitation, creating indecent images of minors, racketeering, and obstruction of justice next month.

Prosecutors want jurors to hear about more than a dozen additional individuals they claim were abused, intimidated, or mistreated by Kelly throughout the investigation. The charges involve six unnamed women and girls, and the trial is likely to take up to three weeks in total.

R Kelly appears in court in Chicago in 2019. Photograph: Antonio Perez/AP

Kelly allegedly met a 17-year-old kid and aspiring musician at a McDonald’s and invited him to his Chicago studio.

After promising to assist the kid with his music career, Kelly is alleged to have subsequently propositioned him and had sexual contact with him while he was still under the legal age of majority in the United States.

The chronology of R. Kelly’s accusations

Kelly, according to prosecutors, introduced a 16-year-old kid to a male acquaintance with whom he had a sexual connection. They further allege that the celebrity coerced numerous female sexual partners, including a juvenile, into having sex with him. Prosecutors believe the testimonies of the two boys, as well as those of others, would demonstrate that Kelly’s alleged offenses “were not isolated events.” His trial in New York is set to begin on August 9.

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