R Kelly charged with 11 new counts of sexual assault

R Kelly charged with 11 new counts of sexual assault

R Kelly has been charged with 11 new counts of sex assault in Illinois, United States today — charges that could see him face up to 30 years in prison.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that four of the new charges – aggravated criminal sexual assault, are felony Class X counts, which are the most serious in the state of Illinois, outside of first-degree murder.

They carry a mandatory sentence of six to 30 year and are the most serious the entertainer has faced yet.

In February, the R&B singers was charged in a previous case with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims, three of whom were said to be underage.

Kelly, who is free on $1million bond following his indictment, is due to appear in court on the new case 6 June. His lawyer Steve Greenberg said he was notified of the new charges but hadn’t yet reviewed any of the court documents.

He told the tabloid: ‘We’ll see what the charges are, and we’ll proceed accordingly. I know this much: It’s old. They’re allegations from years ago.’

The star had previously denied all charges. As well as the slew of allegations levelled against him, R Kelly has been battling his ex-wife, and his lawyer handed a $62,000 (£48,000) cheque to his ex-wifeto bring his child support payments up to date.

The hearing is the first in his divorce case with Andrea to be held in public in 2013 after a judge previously sealed the proceedings, but Cook County Judge Lori Rosen has now ruled in favour of Andrea’s motion to unseal the case.