CHICAGO (Reuters) – Grammy-winning singer R. Kelly, who has confronted years of sexual abuse allegations, was ordered held on a $1 million bond on Saturday on costs that he sexually assaulted three youngsters and a girl, as prosecutors supplied new particulars within the case.
Singer Robert Kelly, often known as R. Kelly, seems in a reserving photograph offered by the Chicago Police Division in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., on February 23, 2019. Courtesy Chicago Police Division/Handout through REUTERS
In Cook dinner County courtroom, prosecutor Jennifer Gonzalez mentioned Kelly met one of many teenaged victims throughout his trial on little one pornography costs in 2008 when she sought his autograph after a day in courtroom and repeatedly had intercourse along with her between 2009 and 2010. Kelly was acquitted of the kid porn costs.
He met one other sufferer at her 16th celebration, Gonzalez mentioned, and had intercourse along with her within the first of many encounters in 1998 after telling her to take a taxi from faculty to his recording studio. A 3rd cost relies on a videotape that purportedly reveals Kelly and a 14-year-old woman engaged in sexual acts someday between 1998 and 2001.
The fourth sufferer was Kelly’s hairdresser, then 24, who mentioned Kelly tried to power her to have oral intercourse in 2003 earlier than ejaculating on her shirt, in accordance with prosecutors. DNA testing linked the pattern to Kelly, prosecutors mentioned.
Cook dinner County Decide John Lyke, who known as the allegations “disturbing,” set bail at $1 million for Kelly. The singer appeared in a black hooded sweatshirt and regarded down as prosecutors outlined the case in opposition to him. He was not requested to enter a plea at what was purely a bond listening to, though his lawyer Steven Greenberg has described Kelly as “an harmless man.”
The 52-year-old R&B singer, whose actual identify is Robert Kelly, was charged with a 10-count indictment on Friday, almost two months after the Lifetime tv community aired a six-hour documentary collection “Surviving R. Kelly” through which a number of ladies accused him of sexual misconduct and abuse.
The decide additionally ordered Kelly to not have contact with anybody underneath the age of 18 and to give up his passport. Every depend carries a most of 10 years in jail.
Greenberg informed reporters that he anticipated his consumer to safe his launch someday over the weekend and described Kelly as “devastated,” whilst he additionally denied the costs.
“We haven’t seen any proof, any motive to imagine these allegations are credible,” Greenberg mentioned. “He’s a rock star. He doesn’t have to have nonconsensual intercourse.”
The video in query was apparently obtained by lawyer Michael Avenatti, identified for representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her authorized battle in opposition to President Donald Trump. Avenatti mentioned he represents two victims and turned the tape over to authorities.
Kelly, finest identified for his hit single “I Imagine I Can Fly,” has for years denied accusations of abuse.
In 1994, he married his 15-year-old protege, the singer Aaliyah, a union that was annulled months later due to her age. Aaliyah died in a airplane crash in 2001.
The 2008 little one pornography case stemmed from a video purportedly displaying Kelly having intercourse with an underage woman. A jury acquitted Kelly after concluding it couldn’t be sure whether or not Kelly and the woman had been the individuals proven within the video.
“Surviving R. Kelly” touched off a brand new controversy when it debuted in January, prompting his document label, Sony Music-owned RCA, to finish its relationship with the performer.
“We’re proud that Lifetime was capable of present a platform for survivors to be heard,” Lifetime mentioned in a press release on Friday.
Kelly, a three-time Grammy winner whose hits additionally embrace “Bump N’ Grind” and “Your Physique’s Callin,” grew up in a Chicago public housing challenge the place, in accordance with his autobiography, he was sexually abused starting at age eight.
Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago; Writing by Joseph Ax; enhancing by Grant McCool