R. Kelly charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse
He's due to appear in court next month.
R. Kelly has been formally charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, according to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times.
He faces a maximum of 70 years in prison if found guilty on all counts.
The charges relate to four women, three of whom were aged under 17 at the time of the alleged attacks.
The R&B star has come under renewed fire since the airing of the six-part Surviving R. Kelly documentary earlier this year.
His first court date, scheduled for Cook County, is set for Friday 8 March.
Kelly's attorney Steven Greenberg said on Friday that he had not been notified of the charges.
Previously, Kelly has denied any wrongdoing via his lawyer.
Sources told the Chicago Sun-Times that Cook County prosecutors appeared before a judge on Friday in order to sign off an arrest warrant for Kelly.
Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx detailed the charges against Kelly at a press conference on Friday evening, which can be viewed below [begins at 15:21].
Foxx announced that her office expects Kelly to appear in bond court on Saturday afternoon.
Clip via PBSNewsHour