Complete Timeline of R. Kelly’s Disturbing Legal Troubles


On Feb. 22, R. Kelly, was charged with 10 counts of aggravated legal sexual abuse, and arrested with reference to allegations involving 4 victims, three of which have been minors. The singer is going through as much as 70 years in jail.

For the embattled performer, he has a protracted historical past of authorized woes and accusations stemming from his sexual historical past relationship again to the '90s. Despite his questionable previous, he launched platinum-selling albums, together with his 2004 effort Chocolate Factory, which dropped on the peak of sex-tape allegations.

Billboard created an intensive timeline highlighting Kelly's checkered previous. Take a glance under:


According to a narrative printed in Vibe, R. Kelly — who was 27 on the time — illegally married then-14-year-old Aaliyah throughout a secret wedding ceremony ceremony in Cook County, Chicago. Vibe found that Aaliyah lied on her wedding ceremony certificates about her age, itemizing herself as 18. Both events vehemently denied the stories. The marriage was later annulled in February 1995.


The "World's Greatest" singer was embroiled in a nasty brawl in Lafayette, Louisiana, at a well being membership. Christopher Mahoney claimed that Kelly and his entourage assaulted him throughout a pickup basketball sport. He obtained 110 stitches on his face. After Lafayette District Attorney Mike Harson researched the case throughout a civil trial, he discovered that Kelly wasn't liable for the assault. Harson decreased Kelly's felony second-degree battery cost to easy battery. As a end result, he was sentenced to at least one yr unsupervised probation.

January 1998

In 1996, a Chicago lady named Tiffany Hawkins filed prices towards R. Kelly for private accidents and emotional misery she suffered throughout their three-year relationship within the early '90s. In 1991, Kelly, 24 on the time, initiated a sexual relationship with Hawkins, who was 15 years outdated. Hawkins later demanded $10 million in damages, however stories revealed that she solely obtained $250,000 when the lawsuit was settled in January 1998.

May 1998

Kelly was arrested on three misdemeanor prices for blasting his music loudly from his car. All three prices have been dropped that month.

February 2002

The crooner's life spiraled for the worst when a video surfaced of him allegedly having intercourse with an underage lady. Things appeared bleak for the singer when he was accused of urinating on the lady within the video. When stories broke, Kelly spoke with MTV News and denied all accusations. 

June 2002

Kelly was slapped with 21 counts of kid pornography. Not solely did cops apprehend him due to his Chicago arrest warrant, however his Florida residence was subjected to a search. Cops found a digital digicam with 12 pictures of an underage lady. She was the identical minor within the videotape that obtained Kelly indicted in Chicago. Three of the photographs displayed Kelly allegedly participating in disturbing acts with the younger feminine.


After his charges in Florida were dropped as a result of lack of possible explanation for a search warrant, Kelly dodged one other bullet when his counts within the Chicago case have been decreased from 21 to 14. In 2008, the case lastly went to trial and Kelly was discovered not responsible after a day of deliberations. 

July 2017

According to a Buzzfeed report, Kelly has been accused of holding girls hostage as a part of his abusive "cult." The story focuses on him housing six totally different girls and controlling all facets of their lives: "from what they eat, how they gown, once they bathe, once they sleep, and the way they interact in sexual encounters that he data."

Later, Jocelyn Savage — one of many girls being allegedly held captive — spoke out publicily concerning the allegations in an interview wiyh TMZ. “I simply need all people to know, my mother and father and all people on this planet, that I’m completely nice. I’m pleased the place I’m at, and every part is okay with me…I’ve by no means been held hostage or something of that nature.” When requested about her present whereabouts, if she has roommates, or if she’s free to depart, nevertheless, all she would say is “I wouldn’t wish to converse on that.”

Towards the tip of July, Kelly spoke out towards the allegations and labeled them as "crap" in a video he posted on Twitter. He additionally vowed to maintain his tour intact. 

August 2017

In a brand new story ran by Buzzfeed News,  Jerhonda Pace, spoke about her first encounter with R. Kelly when she was 15. Pace admitted to being a robust supporter of Kelly's throughout his 2008 baby pornography case. After mendacity about her age to get contained in the courtroom, Kelly's encourage befriended Pace. Months later, she was invited to Kelly's house the place he allegedly engaged in sexual activity with Pace and recorded her with out her consent.

Pace wanted a settlement towards Kelly, which concerned a nondisclosure settlement, and gained. However, in 2012, she despatched an e-mail to her lawyer's assistant claiming that she didn't obtain her full quantity. She opted to interrupt her nondisclosure as half as her "therapeutic course of."

“I do know talking out towards Kelly, Kelly might sue me. But I’m actually not apprehensive about it anymore. I really feel like this can be a therapeutic course of for me, as a result of I’ve been holding this in for thus a few years, and to see that he at all times will get away with it, it’s simply not proper,” she stated. “I’m simply going ahead with my head held excessive.”

May 2018

According to the New York Times, a Texas lady, Faith Rodgers, filed a grievance towards R. Kelly alleging sexual battery, false imprisonment and failure to reveal a sexually transmitted illness. Rodgers — who was in search of unspecified damages — claimed that she and Kelly met after a live performance in San Antonio in March 2017. The two remained involved cellphone for a number of months earlier than Kelly in the end flew Rodgers to New York. The two met at his lodge and Rodgers claimed that Kelly allegedly "initiated undesirable sexual contact," which included "non-consensual oral and vaginal intercourse." As a end result, Rodgers claimed that she was contaminated with the herpes virus by means of Kelly. For the course of a yr, she continued her relationship with Kelly and stated he "routinely engaged in intimidation, psychological, verbal and sexual abuse, throughout and after sexual contact." 

"We wish to guarantee that we do justice for our shopper," Rodgers' legal professional Lydia C. Hills instructed Billboard final May. "This conduct of Mr. Kelly's will not be new, so it shouldn't come as a shock for anybody. But our final objective is getting justice for her."

Jan. Three-5, 2019

At the beginning of January, Lifetime aired its three-night documentary titled, Surviving R. Kelly, which chronicled Kelly's alleged string of abuse towards girls of colour. From his secret marriage to an underaged Aaliyah and his 2008 baby pornography case — for which he was acquitted — to his alleged intercourse cult, Kelly's private life was on full show. A myriad of girls, together with the singer's ex-wife, Andrea Kelly, referred to as out the embattled star for his alleged historical past of abuse. 

Notable celebrities equivalent to John Legend, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Chance the Rapper and Meek Mill banished Kelly and urged followers to do the identical in hopes of restoring normalcy again into the lives of the alleged victims. 

"I’m not feeling R after watching that," stated Meek on Twitter. "It’s a lot filthy shit happening on this business no person will ever actually converse on the wild shit as a result of most of them might have docs like this and even worst accomplished about them!"

Jan. 18, 2019 

In an interview with Dateline, Tracy Sampson — a former intern at Epic Records — claimed that she was sexually abused by R. Kelly when she was a young person. According to Sampson, she was 16 years outdated when Kelly started courting her. During her interview, she recalled a time when he allegedly compelled his manner right into a kiss after she denied him the primary time. 

"Can I kiss you?" the now 36-year-old Sampson recounted, "And I used to be like, 'No,'" to which prompted him to ask, "'Well, give me a hug.' And then, like, after I gave him a hug he simply began kissing me."

After the encounter, Sampson revealed she later thought she was "in love with him." "I simply didn't know what to do. Like, I didn't know if this was regular. I didn't know if that is how adults acted," she stated.

After Sampson turned 18, she ended her relationship with Kelly and filed a lawsuit towards him. She instructed Dateline that she settled out of courtroom and obtained $250,000 in 2002. 

On the identical day, Sony and R. Kelly agreed to half methods, sources instructed Billboard. Following the airing of the explosive docuseries, protests towards Kelly amplified, leading to notable artists equivalent to Lady Gaga, Celine Dion and Chance The Rapper opting to tug their collaborations with the troubled singer off of streaming providers. 

Kelly's departure comes after a number of #MuteRKelly protests befell outdoors of Sony HQ in New York City. There, members of #MuteRKelly, Black Women's Blueprint, Care2, Color of Change, CREDO, Girls for Gender Equity, NOW-NYC and Ultraviolent took a stand, demanding the discharge of Kelly. 

The "Ignition" singer's music will stay with RCA/Sony and is at present obtainable on digital retailers and streaming providers. 

Additionally, R. Kelly's former supervisor, Henry James Mason, surrendered to Atlanta police after going through a warrant for his arrest. Mason, 52, was hit with prices of felony terroristic threats, based on a number of stories. 

Mason is accused of constructing threats to the household of Joycelyn Savage, one of many girls Kelly is allegedly holding hostage. Savage's household appeared on the Lifetime docu-series, Surviving R. Kelly, and conveyed their desperation in an effort to get their daughter again. Savage has maintained that she is with Kelly below her free will. According to WSB-TV reporter Mark Winne, Mason was launched on a $10,000 bond. 

Feb. 22, 2019 

The authorized troubles continued for R. Kelly, who was charged with 10 counts of aggravated legal sexual abuse, based on the Chicago Sun-Times. He was arrested with reference to allegations involving 4 victims, three of which have been minors, going down from 1998 to 2010. Each depend might warrant three to seven years in jail, or probation, in accordance Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.

Feb. 25, 2019

Kelly’s bail was reportedly posted by a pal, restaurant proprietor, Valencia P. Love, based on the Chicago Sun Times. In addition to her restaurant, Love On The Blu, information additionally surfaced reporting Love’s affiliation with Lord and Child Day Care in Chicago. Kelly was seen leaving the jail together with his legal professional and didn’t converse with the media.

Mar. 6, 2019

R. Kelly gave an explosive interview to Gayle King, throughout which he had an outburst that went viral. The singer was brazenly emotional and crying as he defended himself and denied any allegations. Later within the day he was arrested by Cook County for failing to pay $161,000 in baby assist.

Mar. 7, 2019 

Gayle King additionally interviewed Kelly's present girlfriends, Joycelyn and Azriel, who consider he has been falsely portrayed by the media. However, Kelly was apparently within the room with them through the interview, regardless of saying he wouldn’t be.