- R. Kelly’s bail has been set at $US1 million in his sexual abuse case.
- He will need to pay $US100,000 to be released from jail ahead of trial.
- Judge John Lyke Jr., who set bail in the case of ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett, said that if Kelly was freed he would need to surrender his passport.
- Kelly is being jailed on 10 counts of sexual abuse against three minors and one adult.
Appearing in court on Saturday facing new sexual abuse charges for the first time, R. Kelly was told that his bail would be set at $US1 million. The decision means that Kelly will need to pay $US100,000 to be released from jail ahead of his trial, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Judge John Lyke Jr., who also set bail in the case of ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett, reportedly said that if Kelly produced the money, he would need to surrender his passport to prevent him from fleeing the country, and forbade him from communicating with minors. Kelly is accused of the sexual abuse of three individuals who were under the age of 17.
Kelly reportedly frowned at the judgment and was ordered to next appear in court on Monday. He’s been housed in the Cook County Jail since Friday night, where he surrendered himself for arrest following the announcement of the 10 charges against him.
Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse against four individuals following the submission of new evidence to the Cook County attorney’s office. A video submitted to the county by Michael Avenatti and his client reportedly shows Kelly engaging in sex acts with a minor, who acknowledged her age on tape. Kelly reportedly acknowledged that she is a minor on film as well. Avenatti says that there are other incriminating tapes Kelly as well.
The new developments in Kelly’s case follow the release of the Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” which documents numerous allegations of sexual abuse against the artist.
Following the release of the documentary, the Cook County attorney Kim Foxx made an open call for new evidence against Kelly, who was previously exonerated of child pornography charges after another tape that appeared to show him engaged in sex acts with a minor went public.
Besides the charges he faced Saturday, Kelly is also reportedly under numerous federal investigations from the FBI, IRS, DHS, and ICE.
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