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R&B star R. Kelly turned himself into a Chicago police station on Friday night, just hours after local authorities charged him with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving some victims between the ages of 13 and 17, The Associated Press reported.
The 52-year-old artist arrived at the precinct shortly after 8 p.m. on Friday evening. The singer, whose birth name was Robert Kelly, is reportedly expected to be held overnight if taken into police custody and make an appearance in bond court on Saturday.
Prosecutors in Cook County, Ill., announced 10 counts against the singer earlier on Friday.
The report comes several weeks after a senior law enforcement official told The New Yorker that Kelly may soon be indicted in Illinois following the discovery of a tape that allegedly shows him assaulting an underage girl.
Prior to the report, Michael Avenatti released a formal statement on Twitter in which he claimed to be representing "multiple clients in connection with allegations of sexual assault of minors" by the superstar.
Avenatti also said in the statement that he had given a videotape showing "Kelly engaging in multiple sexual assaults of a girl underage" to Cook County state's attorney Kim Foxx.
The attorney added in the statement that "the time frame of sexual assaults depicted in the video is within the Illinois statute of limitations."
Foxx was reportedly prompted to pursue charges against the singer after a new documentary series, "Surviving R. Kelly," released last month detailed a series of sexual abuse allegations against Kelly.
Multiple women brought allegations of sexual assault against the singer in the series.
Steve Greenberg, one of the lawyers representing the singer, told reporters on Friday evening that he thinks "all the women are lying."
He also added that he hasn't seen the newly-reported video tape and "doesn't believe anything Michael Avenatti says," according to local Fox reporter Rafer Weigel.
Kelly has long faced sexual misconduct accusations over the past several decades but has never been convicted of charges.
He was previously indicted in Illinois in 2002 on 21 counts of child pornography in relation to a tape that had reportedly been made in the late 1990s and appeared to show the singer sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl.
Kelly was later cleared of the charges in 2008.