Kelly has been accused of widespread sexual and psychological abuse by a number of women, many of whom told their stories in the new Lifetime documentary series Surviving R. Kelly. Several mothers have said that Kelly held their daughters in his home against their will, and one woman has publicly said that she was held captive by Kelly. The R&B singer was charged in late February with ten counts of sexual abuse; according to the Chicago Sun-Times, the charges involve four victims, three of whom were reportedly minors at the time of Kelly’s alleged crimes.
Kelly has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges, and he vehemently denies all of the accusations of abuse made against him. In an interview with CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King, he said that the women who’ve accused him abuse are “absolutely” lying, denied ever having had sex with anyone under the age of 17 (the age of consent in Illinois, where he’s been charged), and said that he never held anyone against their will.