It's official - R. Kelly has been indicted and a Cook County judge has issued a no-bail arrest warrant for the musician who is being indicted on charges that span from 1998 to 2010.
Charges will be announced later today and Kelly is set to appear in court on March 8th.
TL;DR A no-bail arrest warrant has officially been issued for R. Kelly. Here are the best reactions to the long-awaited news.
If you watched the docuseries Surviving R. Kelly then you are aware of the horrific stories that many of Kelly's victims lived through.
I have no desire to go into the details here and now. Instead, let's be happy that this man is finally going to face the justice he deserves.
part of R. Kelly indictment...— Lexi Sutter (@LexiSutterTV) February 22, 2019
Expecting more from CPD & State’s Atty at press conference today pic.twitter.com/sDCreCqOVv
Statement from attorney of alleged R. Kelly victim & family pic.twitter.com/fdsU4GeruI— newsburrow (@newsburrow) February 22, 2019
I am clearly not the only one who is beyond ecstatic that this is finally happening because it has been decades in the making.
Of the new evidence that was shown to the grand jury, a video has been submitted as evidence that allegedly involves a 14-year-old girl.
R Kelly indicted ! Let’s celebrate this weekend— Aight So Boom🎢 (@iqPa_) February 22, 2019
It’s the remix to ignition, send R Kelly to prison x pic.twitter.com/yLIuhUPSdC— Kim Hudspeth ✨ (@kimberhudspeth) February 22, 2019
There is no question that the docuseries has played a huge part in this new development.
The women who were a part of the documentary series should be beyond proud of themselves for coming forward, being so brave and forcing the world to take notice.
R. Kelly is now being charged with 10 counts of Sexual Abuse.— Red Bradley (@Supermari64) February 22, 2019
Black twitter: pic.twitter.com/mAlR45GF2d
When you hear R kelly finally been charged 👏🏽👏🏽 pic.twitter.com/ZmxxbXiFxd— Hafsahxo (@hafsiiiixo) February 22, 2019
After being acquitted in 2008, it looks like R. Kelly's victims might finally see some justice.
Here are some of the best, most amazing, uplifting and joyful reactions to the news that this horrible and disgusting man may finally see the karma he deserves...
So... how long before we get an R Kelly mugshot??? pic.twitter.com/tXWWRM6Dyn— 🇭🇹Seeester-In-Chief 🇭🇹 (@TheJessieWoo) February 22, 2019
Dave Chappelle: *Gets cornered by R. Kelly years ago about a skit he did about him.— Alex Lehew (@ALehew381) February 22, 2019
Dave Chappelle today to R. Kelly: pic.twitter.com/I9p9E5ii3V
watching r kelly get what he deserves pic.twitter.com/Frznn7DFhZ— linguini from ratatouille (@BastianGund28) February 22, 2019
Currently, there is no official number of charges being filed against the 52-year old singer, though many reports are saying that there are at least 10.
The majority, if not all of these charges are involving underage victims.
R. Kelly charged in Black History Month? pic.twitter.com/LW67xJOjQA— Lampard burner account (@ftblsince1905) February 22, 2019
r.kelly is going to JAIL jail so let’s celebrate that pic.twitter.com/u3ea7JRwCJ— 𝓪𝓵𝓲𝓬𝓳𝓪 (@chimsrkive) February 22, 2019
These charges come after the submission of new video evidence.
While it's hard not to celebrate this breakthrough, there was alleged video evidence the last time Kelly was arrested in 2008. In that case, though, the evidence was insufficient because both Kelly and the alleged victim denied that they were in the video.
R Kelly has been charged!!!! pic.twitter.com/vbqJDxSN7k— Iforgoteverything (@kamomoshoeshoe) February 22, 2019
R.Kelly is going to jail! We serve a good God! pic.twitter.com/ETdjd6sAnr— jussie smollett = cancelled (@C_Morrisonn) February 22, 2019
While Kelly continues to deny any allegations of this nature, this new video evidence was submitted by the victim, eliminating the possibility that both parties could deny involvement.
Kelly's claim is that he has never "knowingly" been involved with underage women. However, in addition to claims of having sex with underage women, the BBC docuseries Surviving R. Kelly alleges that Kelly has developed a "sex cult" that involves grooming women and then holding them, essentially as prisoners.
R. Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse. It only took them a lifetime but hey pic.twitter.com/YHDdNwGIBu— The Honorable Joshua Chenault (@joshuachenault1) February 22, 2019
R. Kelly got indicted?! pic.twitter.com/q22yzezafH— mariah isabel núñez (@jlojno) February 22, 2019
R KELLY HAS BEEN CHARGED pic.twitter.com/Srknkv0xIY— Melissa (@stansofwar) February 22, 2019
In addition to the allegations above, Kelly has also reportedly infected numerous women with herpes, which could result in further charges for failure to disclose his having the diseases before engaging in sexual acts.
We can only hope that this trial is quick and severe on Kelly.
After 25 years of serial sexual abuse and assault of underage girls, the day of reckoning for R Kelly has arrived.— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) February 22, 2019
More details about the indictment below.
Kelly will face a judge in two weeks.
A judge is expected to sign an arrest warrant for R. Kelly later today.— Complex (@Complex) February 22, 2019
His first court date is set for March 8: https://t.co/qLrm4N3xZO
I love this song!! Probably my favourite from R Kelly pic.twitter.com/xrwj79EtG8— David OluwaThanos (@DavidDrifts) February 22, 2019
Two women have testified in front of a grand jury in Chicago, saying R. Kelly engaged in sexual acts with minors.— Complex (@Complex) February 22, 2019
One of the women reportedly handed over physical evidence: https://t.co/bGe3BO3lGi pic.twitter.com/BcHeuIsMMQ