R. Kelly Charged With Criminal Sexual Abuse

R&B singer R. Kelly Friday was charged in Chicago in connection with sexual abuse charges involving four female victims, according to published reports.

A Cook County, Illinois judge charged Kelly -- one of the most successful recording artists of all time --  with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse  involving three minors and one adult, according to CNN.

Kelly has faced much scrutiny over his relationships with women recently since Lifetime aired a six-part Surviving R Kelly documentary last month, which chronicled testimony from women who charged the singer allegedly held them captive and sexually abused them.

Kelly, who has been dogged by sexual abuse allegations for decades but has always denied any wrongdoing, was acquitted in a 2008 trial in which he was charged with several counts of child pornography.

Lifetime’s Surviving R Kelly docu series averaged 2.1 million viewers in its Nielsen live+same day premieres, and finished as the female-targeted network’s strongest non-fiction series in seven years among adults 25-54 and women 25-54 according to Nielsen. 

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