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R. Kelly faces indictment on charges of sexual abuse of a minor

R. Kelly is facing an updated indictment in federal court in Chicago on charges of abusing a minor, adding to the jailed singer’s mounting legal challenges across three states.

The superseding indictment made public Friday alleges the singer sexually abused a girl for four years starting in 1997, when she was under 18. 

The 26-page indictment does not add more charges against Kelly. It includes multiple counts of child pornography, much like the original July 2019 indictment.

The filing refers to the new accuser as “Minor 6” but no longer includes any reference to a “Minor 2. That means there are still a total of five alleged victims in the federal case for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago.

The indictment offers few details about the new accuser. It says she met Kelly around 1997 or 1998, when she would have been 14 or 15. It says Kelly engaged in sexual contact or sexual acts with her when she was under 18.

R. Kelly appears for a hearing in court in Chicago, on March 22, 2019.

“It appears that the government continues to struggle with its underlying factual theory,” of the case, one of Kelly’s lawyers, Michael Leonard of Chicago, told USA TODAY. “The amended indictment changes time periods, as well as alleged victims, as well as entities. 

“Moreover, the government can only promise to let us know who the new victim is in the coming weeks.” 

His lead lawyer, Steve Greenberg, tweeted the legal team is aware of the indictment. 

“We are aware of the superseding indictment. We continue to fight for him and look forward to the day he is free #notguilty #rkelly,” the tweet read. 

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