After years of investigation, R. Kelly (legal name, Robert Sylvester Kelly) has been formally charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Cook County, Illinois, according to court records.
After initially being arrested in February and then released on bail, the singer found himself in handcuffs again in July when he was arrested on two counts of sex-related charges. Things are not looking good for Kelly at the moment and now his lawyer is pleading with the system to release the abuser due to his "declining health."
Sorry, but I'm sure that's not how prison works.
Keep scrolling to find out the shocking details of this story.
R. Kelly has been accused of sexual misconduct for over two decades.
via: Getty ImagesThe timeline of his accusations stretches all the way back into the nineties, when he married Aaliyah.
It all started in 1994...
via: Getty ImagesA twenty-seven-year-old R. Kelly and a then fifteen-year-old Aaliyah were married in an illegal ceremony in Cook County, Illinois.
The couple met when Aaliyah was only twelve years old and Kelly was twenty-four.
20 years ago, Vibe prints marriage certificate of Aaliyah & R. Kelly, states she is 18 yrs old. She was 15. He was 28 http://t.co/AbIBbknfIS— Steven James (@Steven James)1420214448.0
For the rest of their careers, neither Kelly or Aaliyah spoke of their marriage.
via: Getty ImagesWhen Aaliyah sadly died in a plane crash, he described her as his "best, best, best, best friend," but said that he "will never" speak of their marriage out of respect for his ex-wife and her parents who asked him specifically not to.
And then, a year later, Kelly found himself in another messy situation.
via: Getty ImagesIn 1996, Tiffany Hawkins decided, after their three-year relationship, that she was going to sue him for "personal injuries and emotional distress" during that entire period. She was fifteen at the time they met, while Kelly was twenty-four. Their relationship ended when she hit eighteen.
After settling on a 250,000 dollar deal, she dropped the charges.
via: Getty ImagesAnd everything was brushed under the carpet until 2001, when Kelly was slapped with yet another lawsuit which claimed that he forced Tracy Sampson, his intern, "into an indecent sexual relationship" when she was seventeen.
In a legal case, she revealed some disturbing details...
via: Getty ImagesThe former intern for Epic Records said that she felt like "an object" and "was cast aside" except for when Kelly summoned her for sexual relations. "He often tried to control every aspect of my life including who I would see and where I would go." This case was settled with another undisclosed payment.
And Kelly didn't stop there, because, a year later, things got dramatically worse...
via: Getty ImagesThe pedophile, (yes, as uncomfortable as it may make you, that's exactly what he is), found himself swimming in the deep end with two more lawsuits filed against him for inappropriate sexual activity including the videotaping and selling of a tape that he made of a woman without her consent.
And, in that same year, he was also charged for child pornography.
via: Getty ImagesThe star was charged with twenty-one counts of child porn - the details revealed that he was videotaping and distributing sexual acts involving minors, which he claimed he did not do. Because the actual trial took six years, Kelly was able to release his successful Trapped In The Closet album, which claimed the hearts of global audiences.
This was important because it would have swayed the jury who found him "not guilty."
via: Getty ImagesThe document stated that no one could prove that the girl in the tape was a minor even though she was born in 1984 and the videos dated back to the nineties. A classic case of a biased jury.
These accusations continued to haunt him throughout his entire career.
You fucking trash stans 🙄 Someone could literally record R Kelly raping a minor in the street and you'd still defen… https://t.co/GeF1coShCt— Queen Bee (#everyoneisoverparty) (@Queen Bee (#everyoneisoverparty))1569884863.0
When BuzzFeed exposed a detailed report of his "sex cult," the world started piecing things together.
R Kelly was 27 years old when he married a 15 year old Aaliyah. That’s being a pedophile. I don’t need to watch a d… https://t.co/2qmf2caCUB— Shakka (puts the S in socialism)Zulu (@Shakka (puts the S in socialism)Zulu)1569845705.0
And, despite all of this evidence, he was only arrested properly in July 2018.
via: Getty ImagesThe abuser is awaiting trial, which is set for April 2020, but in the meantime, his lawyer is pleading with the system to let him go because prison isn't his cup of tea.
Steve Greenberg, his lawyer, said that he's not receiving enough medical treatment in jail.
via: Getty ImagesSorry, but beggars really can't be choosers. According to reports, Kelly's health has been declining since he was arrested and forced into an orange jumpsuit.
He also said "confinement is stifling..."
via: Getty ImagesThat's the point, Steve. So let me get this straight... you want our judicial system to let a guilty, child molester back onto our streets so that he can capture and abuse other young minors? Wow, sounds ideal, doesn't it?
And you wouldn't believe what else he mentioned...
via: Getty ImagesHe also claimed that Kelly is having a hard time because he's only allowed to see one of his "lady friends" at a time. What in the name of sweet baby Jesus?!
Don't believe me?
via: Getty ImagesSteve Greenberg said this: "Although he lives and has lived with two lady friends, only one of them is allowed to be on his visiting list, and after 90 days he's required to switch." Sorry Jocelyn, it's Azriel's turn for these next three months. How he still has girlfriends is also beyond me. Both of them are twenty-one but met Kelly three years prior. Of course, they did.
A leopard never changes its spots.
via: Getty ImagesThat's all I can say about this one.
Earlier this month, Kelly failed to show for a hearing in Minnesota.
via: Getty ImagesHe is facing two charges for soliciting prostitution as well as agreeing to hire someone for sexual contact in the state.