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R.Kelly surrenders to police

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R.KELLY HAS surrendered to police in Chicago, Illinois after he was indicted on multiple felony sex abuse charges.

The Happy People hitmaker, real name Robert Kelly, is facing 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims. Three of the women were reportedly minors at the time of the alleged encounters, which took place between 1998 and 2010.

A no-bond warrant was issued for Kelly's arrest shortly after the charges were announced on Friday (Feb 22), and that night, he turned himself in to authorities.

The singer's attorney, Steven Greenberg, said his client will "go to bond court" on Saturday (Feb 23), and is confident he will "be acquitted".

The alleged victims were identified by their initials during a press conference held by State Attorney Kim Foxx, but California lawyer Michael Avenatti has since confirmed he is representing one of the females involved in the criminal case.

His client is said to be featured in an alleged Kelly sex tape Avenatti turned over to prosecutors earlier this month (Feb 19), which led authorities to convene a grand jury to determine whether charges should be filed against the musician.

The explicit footage reportedly shows the R&B star engaging in various sex acts, including some said to be with a 14-year-old girl in the late 1990s.

Avenatti has declined to state if his client is the underaged female on the tape, but he believes Kelly will now be brought to justice.

"I am highly confident that at the end of this journey, R. Kelly will be convicted on multiple counts," he said.

Kelly faces the possibility of three to seven years behind bars for each of the crimes, if convicted.

Additional reporting from music-news.com

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