R. Kelly hit with new allegation of sexual abuse of a minor in Chicago

Brendan Morrow

R. Kelly is facing even more allegations of sexually abusing minors as he's hit with new federal charges.

A superseding indictment in Chicago alleges Kelly sexually abused a minor identified as "Minor 6" for four years beginning in 1997, the Chicago Tribune reports. Kelly was already facing charges in four jurisdictions for his alleged decades of sexual abuse and was charged in Chicago last year, but the Chicago Sun-Times reports the new superseding indictment appears to remove a person from the list of victims as it adds a new one, although the Sun-Times notes it's "largely similar to the original indictment."

The indictment made public on Friday also seeks the forfeiture of assets from Kelly's production company and the company of his business manager and co-defendant.

Last year, Kelly was hit with a 13-count indictment in Chicago, as prosecutors allege he conspired to rig his 2008 child pornography trial by paying off witnesses and victims, Variety reports. He has pleaded not guilty and is currently being held without bond in Chicago. He's also facing charges in New York and Minnesota, as well as more charges in Cook County.

The disgraced R&B star's attorney tweeted Friday that "we are aware of the superseding indictment" and "we continue to fight for him and look forward to the day he is free." Although Kelly's Chicago trial was set to start at the end of April, the Tribune notes it now appears likely it will be delayed.

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