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R. Kelly Handcuffed After Turning Himself In On Sexual Abuse Charges

The R&B artist was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, and the majority of his alleged victims were girls aged between 13 and 16.

Robert Kelly is accused of abusing four victims, at least three of whom were allegedly underage, in incidents that date back to 1998.

The most recent alleged abuse was in 2003, however there is no statute of limitations for child sex abuse in Illinois, according to reports by CBS Chicago.

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx announced the charges during a press conference on Friday afternoon.

Kelly was taken into custody after turning himself in, handcuffed and escorted by police as he exited the station. Image: Scott Olson/Getty.

Judge Dennis Porter signed a no-bail warrant for Kelly's arrest at 9:30 a.m local time.

He was taken into custody after turning himself into the 1st District-Central police station in Chicago.

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Kelly, 52, was dressed in a bright blue puffer jacket and black hoodie when he was handcuffed and escorted by police upon exiting the station.

Joined by Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx announces charges filed against R. Kelly. Image: Scott Olson/Getty.

His first court date coincides with International Women's Day -- Friday, March 8, according to court records.

In early January, the State's Attorney had asked for any possible alleged victims of Kelly's to come forward after allegations outlined in the docu-series Surviving R. Kelly.

"In order to have an investigation, we have to have victims and witnesses who are willing to come forth with whatever information that they have," Foxx said.

R. Kelly arrives at the 1st District-Central police station on February 22, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty.

Prosecutors in Chicago have reportedly obtained a nearly 45-minute video that purportedly shows Kelly engaging in sex acts with a 14-year-old girl.

CBS News confirmed the video had recently been turned over to the Cook County state's attorney in Chicago, where Kelly has lived his whole life.

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