Anne Branigin

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There were decades of allegations. There was a criminal trial on charges of child pornography. There were hashtag campaigns and open letters. There was a high-profile series documenting the stories of his alleged victims. Now, there is a no-bail warrant out for Robert “R.” Kelly on 10 counts of aggravated child sexual abuse, approved by a Cook County judge on Friday. 
Multiple outlets, including the Chicago Sun-Times and USA Today, are reporting the new charges may have stemmed from a recently surfaced video provided by attorney Michael Avenatti, allegedly showing Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old girl. The prominent attorney’s comments on Twitter also point to this.

“It’s over,” tweeted Avenatti as news of the charges came in. “The day of reckoning for R Kelly has arrived.”

According to USA Today, a spokeswoman for the Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx confirmed to the Associated Press that charges had been filed against the embattled R&B singer. Foxx has scheduled a press conference for 3:00 pm E.T. to go over the new charges, with Avenatti holding one immediately after. Kelly’s first court date is slated for March 8, according to court records. Kelly was recently released by his record label, RCA, following a backlash against the singer spurred by the dream hampton-helmed docu-series Surviving R. Kelly. The documentary contained no new allegations against the singer but focused on sharing the stories of survivors who said Kelly had groomed, coerced, and abused them for years—with the aid of his inner circle.