August 1994: At the age of 27, R. Kelly marries 15-year-old R&B singer Aaliyah D. Haughton. The couple wed in a secret ceremony hosted by Kelly at a Chicago hotel. The marriage is dissolved months later due to Aaliyah’s age. Aaliyah dies seven years later at the age of 22 in a plane crash.
February 1997: Tiffany Hawkins files a complaint against Kelly for intentional sexual harassment and sexual harassment while she was a minor. The lawsuit is reportedly set to be settled in January for $250,000.
August 2001: Tracy Sampson is suing Kelly for claiming their sex was illegal under Illinois law because he held a “position of authority” over her. The case was reportedly settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.
February 2002: The Chicago Sun-Times reported that it received a videotape of Kelly allegedly having sex with a minor. The paper reported that Chicago police began investigating allegations about Kelly and the same girl three years earlier. The girl and her parents denied that she had sex with Kelly at the time.
June 2002: Kelly is indicted in Chicago for child pornography resulting from the sex tape. He pleads innocent and is released on $750,000 bail.
January 2003: Kelly has been arrested at a Florida hotel on child pornography charges after investigators said they found photos of him having sex with a girl. The charges were later dropped after the judge ruled that the police did not have a search warrant to search Kelly’s home.
Sept 2005: Kelly’s wife Andrea Kelly asks her husband for protection, accusing the singer of beating her when she said she wanted a divorce. The couple confirms that they divorced in 2009.
February 2006: Kelly’s brother, Carey Kelly, says his brother offered him $50,000 and a record deal to say he was the person in the sex video.
May 2008: Kelly’s child porn trial begins. He is acquitted on all counts the following month after less than a full day of deliberation.
July 2017: BuzzFeed reports on parents’ claims that Kelly brainwashed their daughters and kept them in an abusive “cult.” A woman says she volunteered to be with Kelly. Following the BuzzFeed report, activists launched the #MuteRKelly movement and called for boycotts of his music.
Apr 2018: Dedicated to helping women in the aftermath of sexual abuse, the Time’s Up campaign joins the #MuteRKelly social media campaign and urges further investigation into Kelly’s behavior, which came under scrutiny the year before was taken when women came forward accusing him of sexual coercion and physical assault. Kelly’s camp responds: “We will vigorously oppose this attempted public lynching of a black man who has made an extraordinary contribution to our culture.”
May 2018: Spotify is removing R. Kelly’s music from its playlists, citing its policies on hate content and hateful conduct. Soon after, Apple and Pandora also stop promoting his music. Kelly’s team pushes back, noting that other artists on Spotify had been accused or convicted of crimes.
That same month, Faith Rodgers, 20, filed a lawsuit accusing R. Kelly of sexual abuse, mental and verbal abuse, and knowingly inflicting herpes on her during a years-long relationship.
January 2019: Lifetime airs the documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” which revisits old allegations against him and spotlights new ones. The series followed BBC’s ‘R Kelly: Sex, Girls & Videotapes’, released last year, which alleged the singer was holding women against their will.
Lady Gaga apologizes for her 2013 duet with Kelly, saying she planned to remove the song “Do What U Want (With My Body)” from streaming services.
Faith Rogers says Kelly wrote a letter to one of her attorneys last October threatening to reveal embarrassing details of her sexual history if she didn’t drop her May 2018 lawsuit accusing him of sexual abuse.
Multiple media report that Kelly and his label, Sony subsidiary RCA Records, are separating. Lady Gaga and Celine Dion remove their duets with Kelly from streaming services and French rock band Phoenix apologizes for their collaboration with Kelly in 2013. Kelly continues to deny all allegations of sexual misconduct.
February 2019: Attorney Michael Avenatti says he has provided Chicago prosecutors with new video evidence of Kelly having sex with an underage girl, and that it is not the same evidence used in Kelly’s 2008 trial.
Kelly has been arrested and charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual assault. Kelly’s attorney pleads on behalf of the singer. Hours later, Kelly pays bail and is released from prison in Chicago.
March 2019: CBS airs an interview in which Kelly vehemently denied the sexual abuse allegations against him. Authorities in Cook County later detained Kelly after he told a judge he couldn’t pay the $161,000 in back maintenance he owed the mother of his children.
May 2019: Kelly is accused of 11 new sex-related counts in Chicago. It concerns one of the women who accused him of sexually abusing her when she was a minor.
July 2019: Kelly faces charges of child pornography, seduction of a minor and obstruction of justice by a federal grand jury in Chicago. A separate indictment filed in New York’s Eastern District included charges of extortion, kidnapping, forced labor and sexual exploitation of a child. He is arrested again in Chicago.
A federal judge orders Kelly to be held in prison without bail after a prosecutor warned that he would pose an extreme danger to young girls if they were released.
August 2019: Kelly pleads not guilty to federal charges accusing him of sexually abusing women and girls who attended his concerts, while his lawyers continue to label the alleged victims as disgruntled “groupies.”
Kelly is charged in Minnesota with prostitution and solicitation over a claim that in 2001 he invited a 17-year-old girl to his hotel room and paid her $200 to dance naked with him.
October 2019: Kelly is denied bail in his New York sex abuse case after a judge agreed with prosecutors that his release from prison would risk him fleeing or tampering with witnesses.
Dec 2019: Kelly is being charged by federal prosecutors with paying a bribe in exchange for a “fraudulent identification document” for an unidentified woman a day before he married R&B singer Aaliyah. He later pleads innocent.
March 2020: Kelly pleads not guilty in Chicago to an updated federal charge that included child pornography and allegations involving a new accuser, while prosecutors say more charges would come that allege yet another victim.
August 2020: Federal prosecutors are releasing charges against three men accused of threatening and intimidating women who have accused R&B singer Kelly of abuse, including a man suspected of setting fire to a Florida vehicle.
Kelly’s manager has been arrested in California on charges that he threatened a shooting at a Manhattan theater two years ago, forcing an evacuation and canceling the showing of a documentary alleging the singer had sexually assaulted women and girls.
July 2021: Federal prosecutors in Kelly’s sex trafficking case say he had sexual contact with an underage boy in addition to girls, and the government wants jurors to hear those allegations in his upcoming trial.
August 2021: Kelly’s highly anticipated federal trial begins in New York with opening statements on Aug. 18.
Sep 2021: After a six-week trial, the jury finds Kelly guilty of extortion and sex trafficking.