Singer R. Kelly pleads not guilty to sex abuse charges

R. Kelly booking mugshot

R. Kelly booking mugshot

The following day a judge set Kelly's bond at $1M, $250,000 for each of the four victims in the case. He was also made to surrender his passport and told not to have contact with any of his victims or anyone under the age of 18. Now, the singer has pleaded not guilty to all 10 charges.

After a dramatic trial, he was acquitted in 2008 of charges of child pornography, also in Chicago. "And it's just not that easy - because Kelly's in jail".

"I don't know if it's R. Kelly or not on those photos, but anyone can have photos", Greenberg said.

According to Kelly's attorney, Steven Greenberg, the singer still has yet to collect $100,000 - 10 percent of the $1 million bond - to make bail, but that Kelly's circle is working to amass the funds.

Attorney Michael Avenatti, who said he represents two Kelly victims, said his legal team will give prosecutors a second video on Monday that he alleges shows Kelly sexually assaulting a minor.

Demonstrators have increasingly called for a boycott of singer R. Kelly. The 10 charges are all Class 2 felonies in IL, including a probational offense that carries a potential sentence of 3-7 years.

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The rapper has reportedly been in financial trouble since the allegations against him, and since the recent Netflix documentary detailing the alleged abuse, came to light.

The alleged abuse took place over 12 years, Cook County State's Attorney Kimberly Foxx said.

The video tape allegedly shows Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old, which was denied by Kelly's attorney. Both Kelly and the girl denied they were the ones depicted in the video, and Kelly was not charged with assault. One of them is the subject of four different counts. "It is approximately 55 minutes in length", Avenatti said.

Three of the 10 aggravated sexual abuse charges relate to minors. According to TMZ, "nine of the ten counts involve alleged victims ranging in age from 13 to 16 years old".

The six-part docuseries ended on a devastating note, with the parents of one of the young women who had run away with Kelly seen throwing rocks at his studio windows trying to get the attention of their daughter. Protesters have demonstrated outside Kelly's Chicago studio, and a scheduled performance in Chicago previous year was canceled amid the uproar.

R. Kelly's lawyer says he expects the R&B singer to post bail Monday evening. That interest reached a fever pitch earlier this year, when Lifetime's explosive "Surviving R. Kelly" documentary premiered and brought public, as well as police, attention to the numerous accusations of sexual misconduct surrounding Kelly. He says Kelly could be released Monday or Tuesday.

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