Charges against singer R. Kelly to be announced this afternoon

R. Kelly charged in Cook County with aggravated criminal sexual abuse source	 	 	 			Scott Olson  Getty Images

R. Kelly charged in Cook County with aggravated criminal sexual abuse source Scott Olson Getty Images

Kelly was charged with multiple counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Cook County Friday morning, a source tells WGN. The alleged crimes involve four victims and span from 1998 to 2010, the newspaper says.

Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse is a class 2 felony, punishable by 3-7 years, but it can also be probationable. CNN reports that evidence in the new case includes a VHS tape that allegedly shows Kelly and one of the victims who can be heard referring to her "14-year-old" genitalia. He said the girl in the tape is believed to be fourteen years old, but it's still unclear how long ago the video was shot.

Steven Greenberg, R. Kelly's attorney, told the newspaper this afternoon (February 22) that his client was not notified of the warrant.

Earlier Friday, the New Yorker reported that numerous federal authorities - including the FBI, Homeland Security and IRS - were investigating Kelly.

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According to the BBC , one of the brothers in question is Smollett's personal trainer and both have worked as extras on Empire . Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that Smollett is in custody after surrendering to authorities after 5 a.m.

Citing the documentary's "deeply, deeply disturbing" allegations, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx in January called on more accusers to come forward.

Kelly has allegations of sexual misconduct against him dating back 25 years, although he has never been convicted. One of the women said she was a victim, while the other claimed she knew of several similar encounters with other girls.

Avenatti said last week he gave the Cook County State's Attorney's office a videotape he says shows Kelly having sex with an underage girl. After a reviewing the tape, the Attorney's office filed nearly a dozen charges, TMZ reported. She did not comment on the charges or take questions. After saying that he wanted to have sex with the two of them, Washington turned him down and hid in a bathroom. "I think the reason why I think I made it out is because I said, 'Robert, you're going to kill me".

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