R. Kelly charged in Chicago with multiple counts of sex abuse

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Almost two months after the Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, which renewed the public’s interest in the allegation’s made against R. Kelly, the rapper has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated sex abuse in Cook County in Chicago, according to the New York Times.

The four different indictments charge Kelly with sexually abusing four victims, with all but one being underage, occurring between the years 1998 and 2010, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The six-part docuseries has received widespread acclaim since its release in January, as it brought attention to allegations that had been long overlooked. The audience heard from a plethora of Kelly’s survivors, the victims’ parents, experts, and other stakeholders about Kelly’s alleged grooming, abuse, and other predatory behavior. The docuseries also caught the attention of law enforcement, as authorities in Illinois and Georgia began investigating him shortly after it aired.

Many have been praising executive producer of the docuseries, Dream Hampton, for her tireless work to bring down Kelly, which has seemed to materialize today.

“I know it is Oscar weekend, but this proves some films are bigger than awards, ratings, and how much money is made. @dreamhampton’s #SurvivingRKelly paved the way for justice,” comedian Kamau Bell wrote on Twitter.

Other users had similar praise for Hampton.

Hampton responded with the tweets to say, “The survivors are heroes.”

Hampton went on to thank the Surviving R. Kelly team and other Black women who have been instrumental in making the latest development possible, including the survivors of Kelly’s alleged abuse.

“This was always about Lizzette, Drea, Lisa, Jerhonda, Kitti, Asante, Faith and all the women who talked to us off camera because they knew they’d be dragged, doxxed and disbelieved. Thank you #SurvivingRKellly,” she wrote.

Kelly is now expected to surrender to the police.

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Eilish O'Sullivan is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism and government at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has appeared in the Austin Chronicle and the Daily Texan.