Allegations today surfaced that iconic R&B singer, R. Kelly was running a sex cult from his home, abducting women and keeping them as sex slaves.
It wouldn’t be the first time the singer has been dragged to court, so we’re going to look back at his legal history, dating all the way back to the 1990s.
Illegal marriage to 15-year old Aaliyah in 1994
On August, 13, 1994, R. Kelly secretly married his 15-year old singer protege, Aaliyah. Aaliyah’s family however got the marriage annulled in court in February 1995. Oddly enough, both R. Kelly and Aaliyah denied the incident, claiming they had never been more than friends. In May 1997 however, Aaliyah filed a lawsuit to have the marriage records expunged.
Sex with another 15-year old
In 1996, R. Kelly was sued for $10 million by a Tiffany Hawkins. Hawkins, who was 20 at the time, accused him of having sexual relations with her when he was 24 and she 15. Kelly settled the lawsuit in 1998 for $250,000.
Urinating on an underage girl
On February 3, 2002, a video surfaced allegedly showing Kelly engaging in sex with, and urinating on, an underage girl. He however denied that he was the man in the video. In June 2002, Kelly was indicted in Chicago on 21 counts of child pornography.
That same month, Kelly was apprehended by Miami Police Department on a Chicago arrest warrant, and Polk County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search of Kelly’s residence in Davenport, Florida. During the search, officers recovered 12 images of an alleged underage girl on a digital camera – wrapped in a towel in a duffel bag – which allegedly depicted Kelly “involved in sexual conduct with the female minor.”
Kelly was arrested in January 2003 on those charges. In March 2004, these charges were dropped due to a lack of probable cause for the search warrants.
It took more than six months for the case to go to trial. Jury selection began on May 9, 2008, and the trial officially started on May 20 with opening statements from the prosecution and defense. After two weeks, the prosecution’s case wrapped on June 3 while the defense’s wrapped on June 9.
After less than a day of deliberations, on June 13, a Chicago jury found Kelly not guilty of all 14 counts.
Running sex cults
The latest allegations against Kelly surfaced after a family sued him for abducting their daughter and keeping her as a sex slave. He has already denied the allegations, promising to go after those accusing him.