It’s kind of sad that Robert Sylvester Kelly can’t read because I would really like him to know how happy I am in reporting that he’s just been charged with 11 additional felony counts of sexual abuse, and according to the Chicago Sun Times, “the charges are more serious than those in the four cases that were filed against the singer in February”. Robert could be facing up to 30 years in prison for some of those charges. Since he can’t read the indictment, maybe his attorneys can break the news to him by doing an ad hoc performance of Cell Block Tango from the musical Chicago for him in his living room (if he still has one).
Cook County prosecutors on Thursday filed a new series of sex assault charges against R. Kelly, adding 11 felony counts against the singer, including charges that carry a potential sentence of up to 30 years in prison, the most serious he has faced yet.
The alleged offense happened in January 2010, according to the charges. 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.
The charges filed against Robert back in February were lower level felonies and only carried a maximum sentence of 7 years. Meanwhile, according to TMZ, a federal grand jury is currently hearing testimony about Robert’s now infamous 2008 child pornography trial which ended in acquittal. Witnesses in that hearing have testified that Robert’s team paid witnesses to not testify, including the alleged victim who was his goddaughter.
The grand jury is keying into allegations Kelly and his team attempted to impact the outcome of the 2008 trial through witness intimidation and threats of bodily harm.
The grand jury testimony also revealed that witnesses in the 2008 case were allegedly sent on vacation when the trial was underway so they wouldn’t be available to testify. The witnesses say Kelly’s team secured the 2008 witnesses’ travel.
Apparently, this testimony could lead to obstruction of justice charges as well. Hopefully Robert has officially had his last good day on earth. From here on out I hope he wakes up ashy, anxious, lonely, broke, and constipated with occasional bouts of diarrhea, everyday, for the rest of his natural born life.