- R. Kelly appeared in a Chicago court on Monday, facing 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse.
- He reportedly wore an orange jumpsuit and was handcuffed.
- His lawyer entered not guilty pleas on all counts after previously saying that Kelly’s accusers are lying.
- Kelly has not posted the $US100,000 of his $US1 million bail that would free him before his next court date, which is March 22.
Singer R. Kelly appeared in a Chicago court for the second time in his sexual abuse case on Monday, with his attorney Steve Greenberg entering not guilty pleas on all ten of his charges.
Appearing in an orange Department of Correction jumpsuit, according to reporters in the Leighton Criminal Court courtroom, Kelly was assigned to associate Cook County judge Lawrence Flood, who has previously handled a variety of criminal cases ranging from bribery to DUIs.
In the courtroom, Flood reportedly upheld a previous ruling that said Kelly did not have to pay $US161,663 in back child support to be released from jail. His bond is currently set at $US1 million, $US100,000 of which he must pay to be freed before his next March 22 court date.
Per Flood’s and the bond court’s order, Greenberg surrendered Kelly’s passport to prevent the artist from fleeing the US.
Kelly did not produce the bail money, however, and will head back to jail. Greenberg has told reporters that Kelly’s finances are in disarray. “This is someone who should be wealthy at this stage of his career, and through mismanagement, through hangers-on and bad contracts and bad deals and bad leases like he had in his studio, he really doesn’t have any money at this point,” he said.
Kelly’s appearance comes the same day that celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti, who is representing a previous employee of Kelly’s, said he will produce a second tape apparently showing evidence of sexual abuse committed by R. Kelly.
I can confirm that we will be providing a second video showing R. Kelly engaged in sexual assault of a minor to prosecutors this morning. This tape was recently uncovered in connection with our ongoing nationwide investigation on behalf of victims. Justice must be done.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) February 25, 2019
Previously, Avenatti submitted a video to Cook County attorneys that reportedly shows Kelly engaged in sex acts with a girl who claims to be a minor while on camera. Kelly reportedly acknowledges her age in the video as well.
The charges and new evidence come amid renewed interest in Kelly’s case following the release of the Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” which documented numerous allegations against Kelly of sexual abuse of minors.
In court, prosecutors read detailed allegations that matched up with several accounts told in the documentary.
Greenberg told reporters over the weekend that “all the women are lying.”
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