R. Kelly’s Career Chronology and Claims

In this courtroom sketch, R. Kelly and his attorney Jennifer Bonjean, left, appear during his sentencing hearing in federal court, Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in New York. The former R&B superstar was convicted of racketeering and other crimes. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)

Sydney, 2022-06-29 13:51:44. R. Kelly’s Career Chronology and Claims

R. Kelly’s musical achievements are accompanied by a long history of allegations that he sexually abused women and children. Now the R&B singer has been sentenced to spend the next three decades behind bars.

A jury found Kelly guilty in September of sex trafficking charges. While Kelly, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, vehemently denied the allegations, his accusers testified in detail that he subjected them to depraved and sadistic whims when they were underage.

Kelly is still facing trial in Chicago for child pornography and obstruction of justice.

A timeline of Kelly’s life through his ups and downs as an R&B artist:

1990: R&B MGM Group wins R&B. Kelly with the grand prize of $100,000 on the syndicated TV talent show “Big Break”, hosted by Natalie Cole. Due to financial disagreements, this is the last time the group will perform. Music executive Wayne Williams of Jive Records discovers that Kelly was singing at a barbecue that summer.

January 1992: The release of R. Kelly & Public Announcement “Born Into The ’90s.” Released a year later, the album became platinum.

November 1993: His album “12 Play” was released and eventually sold more than 5 million copies. The singles include “Sex Me” and “Bump N’ Grind,” which became the longest-running number one R&B song in over 30 years.

August 31, 1994: At the age of 27, R. married R. Kelly is from 15-year-old R&B singer Alia D. Houghton. The couple wed in a secret ceremony that Kelly arranged at a hotel in Chicago. Marriage is invalidated after months due to high age.

September 1994: Alia’s debut album, “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number” produced by Kelly, is certified platinum. (Alia died in a plane crash seven years later, at the age of 22.)

November 1996: R. Kelly releases his third album, “R. Kelly. A month later, he incorporated Rockland Records. His song “I Believe I Can Fly” from the Space Jam soundtrack reached #2 on the Billboard pop chart. That same year, he married 22-year-old Andrea Lee, a dancer. From his tour troupe, the couple had three children: Joan, Gaya, and Robert Jr.

February 18, 1997: Tiffany Hawkins files a complaint against Kelly, alleging intentional sexual battery and sexual harassment when she was a minor.

January 1998: Hawkins’ lawsuit is settled for $250,000.

February 1998: Kelly won three Grammy Awards for “I Believe I Can Fly”.

November 1998: His album “R.” Hit the stores. It has since sold 6 million copies.

November 2000: His album “TP-2.com” debuted at number one on the Billboard Album Chart.

August 2001: Tracy Sampson sues Kelly, claiming that her sex was illegal under Illinois law because he was in a “position of power” over her. The case was reportedly settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.

February 8, 2002: The Chicago Sun-Times reports that it has received a video purporting to show Kelly having sex with a minor. The newspaper reported that Chicago police began investigating allegations about Kelly and the girl herself three years ago. At that time, the girl and her parents denied that she was having sex with Kelly.

On the same day the news broke, Kelly performed at the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in Salt Lake City.

June 5, 2002: Kelly is indicted in Chicago on child pornography charges over the sex tape. He pleads not guilty and is released on $750,000 bond.

January 2003: Kelly is arrested at a Florida hotel on additional child pornography charges after investigators say they find pictures of him having sex with a girl. The charges were later dropped after a judge ruled that the police did not have a warrant to search Kelly’s home.

February 18, 2003: Kelly’s Chocolate Factory album released, selling 538,000 copies in its first week.

July 2005: Kelly’s seventh solo album “TP.3 Reloaded” reached number one on the Billboard chart.

September 2005: Andrea Kelly requests a protection order from her husband, accusing the singer of hitting her when she says she wants a divorce.

February 2006: R Kelly’s brother, Carrie Kelly, says his brother offered him $50,000 and a record deal to say he was the one featured in the sex video.

May 29, 2007: Kelly released his album “Double Up”, which reached number one on the Billboard Albums Chart.

May 9, 2008: Kelly’s pornography trial begins.

June 13, 2008: Kelly is acquitted of all charges after less than a full day of deliberations.

January 8, 2009: Kelly and his ex-wife Andrea confirm their divorce after 11 years of marriage.

July 12, 2011: Crain’s Chicago Business reports that $2.9 million has been filed by JPMorgan Chase against the Kelly mansion in suburban Chicago. A spokesperson for the singer claims that the singer does not have financial problems.

March 21, 2012: Kelly announces that he will revive his “Trapped in the Closet” video series. The project begins with five videos of his cliffhanger drama songs in 2007, and eventually grows into dozens of musical chapters dealing with a web of sexual deception. Kelly teams up with the IFC to premiere the Old and New series, and performs rap operas at events such as Singing at Bonaro. There was talk of a Broadway show.

June 15, 2012: The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Kelly owes the IRS more than $4.8 million in back taxes.

– June 27, 2012: Kelly published his autobiography, “Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me”, focusing on his creative and family life rather than his legal troubles.

– September 29, 2012: Kelly is nominated for two Soul Train Awards, making him the most acting acting ever nominated at the Awards.

March 18, 2013: Kelly’s mansion, previously valued at more than $5 million, sells for $950,000 at a foreclosure auction.

– July 17, 2017: BuzzFeed reports parents’ allegations that Kelly brainwashed their daughters and was keeping them in an abusive “cult.” A woman says she was with Kelly willingly. Following the BuzzFeed report, activists launched the #MuteRKelly movement, calling for a boycott of his music.

February 13, 2018: Kelly is evicted from two Atlanta-area homes with more than $31,000 in unpaid rent.

April 30, 2018: Time’s Up joins the #MuteRKelly campaign on social media and is pushing for further investigation of Kelly’s behaviour. Camp Kelly responds: “We will vigorously resist the attempted lynching of a black man who has made extraordinary contributions to our culture.”

May 2018: Spotify has removed R. Kelly’s music from its playlists, citing its policy on hateful content and hateful behaviour. Soon, Apple and Pandora also stopped promoting his music. Kelly’s team retracts, noting that other artists on Spotify have been charged or convicted of crimes.

May 21, 2018: Faith Rodgers, 20, files a lawsuit accusing R.

January 3, 2019: Lifetime screening of the documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” that re-examines old allegations against him and highlights new ones. The series came on the heels of the BBC’s “R Kelly: Sex, Girls & Videotapes” the year before, which alleged the singer was detaining women against their will.

January 9, 2019: Lady Gaga says she will remove the duo with Kelly from streaming services.

Jan 14, 2019: Faith Rogers says Kelly wrote a letter last October to one of her lawyers, threatening to reveal embarrassing details about her sexual history if she did not drop her lawsuit in May 2018 alleging sexual assault.

Jan 21, 2019: Kelly and his Sony label, RCA Records, are reported by multiple media outlets. Kelly continues to deny all allegations of sexual misconduct.

February 6, 2019: Kelly announced through a tweet about a new tour outside the US, saying that he would be going to Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. The tweet was later deleted after a backlash from Twitter users who urged fans not to buy concert tickets.

February 14, 2019: Attorney Michael Avenatti says he has presented Chicago prosecutors with new video evidence that Kelly had sex with an underage girl, and it’s not the same evidence used in Kelly’s 2008 trial.

February 22, 2019: Kelly is arrested and charged with 10 counts of serious sexual abuse.

February 25, 2019: Kelly’s lawyer submits acquittals on behalf of the singer. Hours later, Kelly was released on bail and released from prison in Chicago.

March 6, 2019: CBS interview in which Kelly vehemently denies the sexual assault charges against him. Later, authorities in Cook County arrested Kelly after he told a judge that he could not pay the $161,000 child support he owed to the mother of his children.

May 30, 2019: Kelly is charged with 11 new sex-related charges in Chicago. One of the women who accused him of sexually assaulting her was implicated when she was underage.

July 11, 2019: A federal grand jury indicts Kelly on charges that include child pornography, solicitation of a minor and obstruction of justice. A separate indictment in the Eastern District of New York included charges of extortion, kidnapping, forced labor and sexual exploitation of a child. He was arrested again in Chicago.

July 16, 2019: A federal judge orders Kelly to be held in prison without bail after the attorney general warns he would pose a grave danger to young girls if released.

August 2, 2019: Kelly pleads not guilty to federal charges of sexually assaulting women and girls who attended his concerts, as his lawyers continue to classify alleged victims as disaffected “groups.”

August 5, 2019: Kelly is charged in Minnesota with prostitution and solicitation in connection with an allegation that he invited a 17-year-old girl to his hotel room in 2001 and paid her $200 to dance naked with him.

October 2, 2019: Kelly is denied bail in his New York City sexual assault case after a judge agrees with prosecutors that his release from prison could put him at risk of escape or tampering with witnesses.

December 5, 2019: Federal prosecutors charge Kelly with bribing an unidentified woman a “false identity document” the day before he married R&B singer Alia. He later pleaded not guilty.

March 5, 2020: Kelly pleads not guilty in Chicago in an updated federal indictment that includes child pornography charges and allegations related to a new defendant, while prosecutors say more charges alleging another victim are imminent.

August 12, 2020: Federal prosecutors announce charges for three men accused of threatening and intimidating the women who have accused R&B singer Kelly of abuse, including a man suspected of setting a car on fire in Florida.

August 14, 2020: Kelly’s California manager has been arrested for threatening to shoot down a Manhattan theater two years ago, leading to the evacuation and cancellation of the screening of a documentary addressing allegations that the singer sexually assaulted women and girls.

July 24, 2021: Federal prosecutors in Kelly’s sex trafficking case say he had sexual contact with an underage boy as well as girls, and the government wants jurors at his upcoming trial to hear the allegations.

August 18, 2021: Opening statements begin in Kelly’s long-awaited federal trial that stems from years of allegations that he sexually assaulted women and girls while seeking fame and fortune.

– September 27, 2021: A jury finds Kelly guilty of sex trafficking and violating the Mann Act, making it illegal to take anyone across state lines “for any immoral purpose.”

October 20, 2021: A judge orders Kelly to appear in court in Chicago on charges of child pornography and obstruction of justice.

November 17, 2021: A man is sentenced to eight years in prison for setting a car on fire in Florida in what authorities say is an attempt to intimidate a potential witness in a sex trafficking trial.

June 8, 2022: Prosecutors say Kelly deserves at least 25 years behind bars for mistreatment of children and women.

June 29, 2022: Kelly is sentenced to 30 years in prison in the New York case.

August 15, 2022: Kelly is due to stand trial in Chicago on charges of child pornography and obstruction of justice…

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