R. Kelly
**FILE** R. Kelly performs at Little Caesars Arena on Feb. 21, 2018, in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)

R&B superstar R. Kelly was indicted Friday on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving minors, the latest turn in a lengthy career quickly unraveling amid backlash from years of similar allegations.

A Chicago judge issued an arrest warrant for the 52-year-old singer-songwriter, whose real name is Robert Kelly. He is scheduled to appear for a bond hearing Saturday, but was not yet in custody as of 5 p.m. EST Friday.

If convicted, he faces up to three to seven years in prison for each charge.

The indictment listed four victims, at least three of whom were under 17 at the time they claimed they were assaulted, said Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx during a press conference Friday to announce the charges. The alleged assaults took place between May 1998 and January 2010, prosecutors said.

While Kelly has been accused for decades of sexual abuse against numerous women — some of whom were underage — he has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing.

The latest allegations came to light earlier this month when attorney Michael Avenatti, who represented porn star Stormy Daniels in her legal battle against President Donald Trump, said he recently turned over a video of Kelly having sex with an underage girl to Chicago authorities.

It isn’t yet known if the indictment is connected to the video.

In 1994, Kelly, 27 at the time, reportedly married late R&B singer Aaliyah, then 15. The marriage was annulled soon after.

In 2008, he was acquitted of charges stemming from another video that purportedly showed the singer having sex with a minor.

The years of allegations resurfaced last month with the airing of a multi-part Lifetime documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly,” in which several women told tales of similar abuse at the hands of Kelly.

Homeland Security has also reportedly begun an investigation of Kelly. However, no details have been provided.

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