Is the cell door about to slam on R Kelly? For years, the R&B singer, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, has been the target of numerous, sordid sexual assault allegations – all of which he’s denied.
We take a detailed look at the timeline of his alleged misdeeds.
Releases his debut solo album Born Into The 90’s. The album includes hit single She’s Got That Vibe, which included the lyrics “Little cute Aaliyah’s got it” – the late songstress was just 12 at the time.
Releases his super-sexual solo album 12 Play.
Kelly (27) reportedly marries 15-year-old Aaliyah with a falsified marriage certificate that lists her age as 18. The marriage was annulled the following year.
Marries dancer and choreographer Andrea Lee. They have three children.
Aspiring singer Tiffany Hawkins sues Kelly, alleging a sexual relationship when she was 15. Hawkins signed a confidentiality agreement and they settle out of court.
The Chicago Sun-Times publishes the first report of allegations of Kelly’s sexual relationships with minors. The newspaper alleges that Kelly was twice investigated by police about his sexual involvement with underage girls, but the investigation was halted because of a lack of cooperation.
Former intern at Epic Records and aspiring rapper Tracy Sampson sues Kelly because of an alleged sexual relationship that started when she was 17. The case is settled out of court..
Kelly’s investigated by police again after a tape of him havig sex with an underage girl surfaces.
Bootleg copies of the sex tape are sold and circulated online.
Kelly is sued again. Patrice Jones alleges a sexual relationship with him at 16 and that he pressured her into an abortion. The case is settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.
Dancer Montina Woods sues Kelly for allegedly secretly taping their sexual encounter and selling it. Again, there is an out-of-court settlement for an undisclosed amount.
Kelly ‘s arrested and indicted on 21 counts of child pornography charges. He’s released on $750 000 bail.
Andrea Kelly reportedly files for an order of protection and apparently told the judge that Kelly had hit her when she asked for a divorce. They later worked it out and she rescinded the protection order.
Six years after being charged with 21 counts of producing child pornography, jury selection begins for his trial. The charge sheet is also reduced to 14 charges.
Kelly walks after being found not guilty on all counts.
Kelly and his wife finalise their divorce.
News of Kelly’s sex cult breaks. According to reports, he lured women (aged 18-31) into “cult-like” relationships, keeping them in two of his homes in different cities. He’s alleged to have abused and secluded them from their families. No charges are filed, as the women were of legal age.
The social media campaign, #MuteRKelly, which aims to stop his music from being played, launches.
Jerhonda Pace violates her non-disclosure agreement in talking to BuzzFeed Newsabout living with Kelly in 2009 – when she was just 15. She alleges their sexual relationship started when she was 16.
Kelly’s music is removed from Spotify playlists.
A new lawsuit is filed. Faith Rodgers accuses Kelly of sexual battery, saying he mentally, sexually and verbally abused her. Rodgers, who was 19 at the time, claimed he knowingly gave her herpes and locked her up in rooms as punishment.
In response to the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, Kelly releases a 19-minute song entitled I Admit – in which he admits nothing. Instead, he proclaims his innocence and explains that he himself was sexually abused as a child.
Moviegoers are evacuated from the New York screening of the Lifetime documentary Surviving R Kelly, after anonymous callers phoned in threats.
The Surviving R Kelly documentary, which examines his long history of alleged abuse, airs. Several women who were involved with him – going back to the 90s and continuing up until 2017, speak out. The documentary also features family members, music industry insiders, activists, academics, former employees and celebrities such as Wendy Williams and John Legend.
The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office announces an investigation into allegations of Kelly’s physical, sexual and emotional abuse of women. An application for the Spring Jam concert, to be hosted by Kelly, is denied by Illinois officials due to security concerns, after protests outside his Chicago studio.
Kelly’s record label, RCA/Sony, drops the singer.
A new tape that appears to show Kelly having sex with a teenage girl is anonymously sent to Chicago investigators.
Kelly’s charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, involving four victims, including at least three between the ages of 13 and 17.
Kelly hands himself over to the police on 22 February, after an arrest warrant was issued and he spends the weekend in jail. His bail is set at $1 million, but he struggles to make the 10% payment of $100 000. His lawyer said he “really doesn’t have any money at this point”. He cites “mismanagement,” “hangers-on” and “bad deals” as some of the reasons for Kelly’s penury.
Kelly appears in court on 25 February and pleads not guilty. However, this time, he makes bail and is set free. His next court appearance is set for 22 March.
– Destiny Connect