Chicago - R&B star R. Kelly was charged Friday in Chicago with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse, some involving minors.
Nine of the charges of the 52-year-old embattled singer -- dogged for decades by sexual abuse allegations involving underage women -- concern minors ages 13 to 16, a Cook County court official told AFP.
The bombshell development comes as the artist -- real name Robert Sylvester Kelly -- has faced renewed public scrutiny after a scathing docu-series shed new light on his checkered past.
The R&B luminary has a court date scheduled for March 8 in Chicago, where he resides, the court official said.
Kelly -- known for hits like "I Believe I Can Fly" -- over the years has faced a slew of lawsuits and accusations over child pornography, sex with minors, operating a sex cult and sexual battery.