The American singer R. Kelly, charged with sexual abuse, will have to answer for even more complaints than initially thought.
The public prosecutor has added eleven additional complaints to the existing file against the 52-year-old artist.
The Chicago Tribune newspaper and other American media reported this on Thursday on the basis of legal documents.
This is a serious accusation: one of them has a 30-year prison sentence.
The eleven charges come from four women who accuse the musician of abusing them years ago.
Kelly’s lawyer Steve Greenberg says the charges are not really new.
According to the lawyer, it is more about an existing complaint being added to the file again.
A spokesperson said that R. Kelly rejects all accusations.
“He keeps his innocence up,” it is said. Kelly has to appear in court again on June 6.
The singer (known from the hit “I Believe I Can Fly”) was brought to court in late February for ten cases of sexual abuse between 1998 and 2010.
“Three of the four victims were under the age of 17 at the time” , according to the prosecutor.
The musician pleaded not guilty. He had spent a weekend at the Chicago prison at that time and was then free on bail.
The first accusations against the Chicago musician had already been made some 20 years ago.
Those accusations were only really taken seriously when in a TV documentary in January of this year complaints were again made against the artist.