R. Kelly’s Legal Troubles Shine Spotlight on Child Victims of Sex Abuse

Sex abuse can have a lasting impact on victims, who are often hesitant to come forward, particularly if their abuser is a celebrity or otherwise well-known. Recently, a new documentary and TV interviews have discussed accusations against rap artist R. Kelly claiming that he committed outrageous sex crimes against women including minors. The police have since charged R. Kelly with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in response to seven of these allegations. If he is convicted on all counts, he could face 70 years in prison.

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The singer’s history of sex abuse allegations started during the 1990s when he illegally married a 14-year-old girl. In 2002, a videotape showed R. Kelly engaging in sexual activity with a minor.  The singer denied these allegations and denied that it was him in the tape. That year, he was also charged with 21 counts of child pornography. In 2017, he was also accused of keeping a number of women captive in his home as part of a sex abuse cult. He was also accused of recording women engaging in sexual encounters without their consent to be recorded.

In 2018, a woman in Texas accused R. Kelly of sexual battery, false imprisonment, and failure to disclose a sexually transmitted disease after an encounter in a hotel room in New York City. The attention surrounding R. Kelly reached new heights when TV channel Lifetime aired a three-night documentary discussing many of these allegations and featuring interviews from many of these women. A few months later, R. Kelly was featured in a TV interview where he had an outburst. He denied all allegations against him, but he was arrested later that day for failing to pay over $160,000 in child support.

If you were the victim of sexual abuse or you are the parent of a child who was the victim of sexual abuse, you may be able to bring a civil claim against the person who abused you or your child. Sexual assault and sexual abuse can happen in many different ways. Common examples include date rape, rape on college campuses, or sex abuse at a school or daycare facility. The police will perform a criminal investigation about the abuse, but you and your family may have a separate right to pursue civil legal action against the abuser. Depending on where you live, there are different types of compensation that you may be entitled to receive from the abuser. An example includes emotional and mental distress, compensation for lost wages, and compensation for any medical bills related to the abuse and the injuries that you suffered.

We will stand by you and make sure that your rights are protected. We offer a free consultation that is completely confidential. We can discuss your situation and help you understand whether you have a civil claim against the abuser and the best way to go about obtaining compensation. Call Reeves Law Firm now at 256-355-3311 or contact us online to schedule your free and private interview.

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