R. Kelly sexual abuse charges are celebrated by some: ‘There is a god. She’s Black’ – NBC News

The sexual abuse charges filed Friday against R&B singer R. Kelly were celebrated by some activists, lawyers and celebrities.

“There is a god. She’s Black,” Alicia Garza, a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, wrote on Twitter after the charges were announced.

Kelly, 52, whose real name is Robert Kelly, was charged Friday in Illinois with multiple counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a teenager.

The musician has been criminally accused of sexual misconduct before. He was tried on child pornography charges in 2008. A jury cleared him on all counts.

“I just need them to follow through this time,” feminist writer Mikki Kendall said on Twitter on Friday.

MSNBC Political Analyst Zerlina Maxwell had this to say: “It took this long to indict R. Kelly because the victims are Black girls. Asked and Answered.”

She later remarked that she was “so emotional” while watching Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx list the counts against Kelly, specifying that her office was charging him with 10 counts for abusing multiple victims, at least three of whom were underage.

“What a powerful moment,” Maxwell said.

Allegations of sexual misconduct against the singer gained renewed attention this year with the airing of a Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” in early January.

The singer and his lawyers have consistently denied any wrongdoing in regard to any previous allegations against him over the years. On Friday, Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, said his client would “go to bond court” on Saturday and would eventually “be acquitted.”


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