R Kelly’s reputation lies in tatters following years of sexual abuse claims made against him – all of which he has denied.
The former star, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, faces charges including running a sex trafficking “criminal enterprise”, racketeering, bribery, creating child pornography, and extortion.
He faces four separate state and federal sex crimes cases in total, with his first federal trial beginning on Wednesday.
R. Kelly, now 54, was once a Grammy-winning R&B superstar with millions of adoring fans – but for over two decades R Kelly has faced allegations of sexual abuse.
The trial in New York will deal with multiple charges of sex trafficking and racketeering.
Kelly has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges in all of the cases against him.
The controversial charges facing the singer are numerous but just to mention a few, In April 1994, Kelly, then 27, rose to fame with his hit ‘Bump n Grind’ and married then 15-year-old singer Aaliyah later that year in a secret ceremony in Chicago.
Kelly was sued in December 1996 by Tiffany ‘Tia’ Hawkins, an aspiring singer, and high school student, for $10m.
She alleged Kelly “engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct” with her in 1991 when she was 15 and he was 24, which caused “personal injuries and emotional distress.”
In 2001, Tracy Sampson filed a lawsuit against the singer, accusing him of forcing her into a sexual relationship at the age of 16, while she was an intern.
The singer is set to appear in court and could face up to life in prison if found guilty.
Now, twelve people on the jury – seven men and five women – will decide the singer’s fate.