WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- R &B star R. Kelly was ordered a $1M bond after being charged with counts of aggravated sex abuse.
- Details outlining the allegations against Kelly, which included four women, 3 of whom were under 16, were released by prosecutors.
- The alleged abuse started in 1998 up to 2020 and included oral and vaginal penetration, said Cook County State Attorney Kimberly Foxx.
After a decade of sexual assault against four victims, three of whom were minors, R. Kelly was indicted with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse charges.
While a $1 million bond was ruled on Saturday by Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr., Kelly, whose given name was Robert Sylvester Kelly, was also ordered to turn in his passport and was forbidden to contact his alleged victims.
Throughout the hearing, R. Kelly, 52, sat with a straight look on his face and did not react, speaking only once to his lawyer as Lyke reviewed the charges. He is expected to be back in court on Feb. 25.
Kelly’s criminal lawyer Steve Greenberg told the judge that Kelly wasn’t a flight risk because besides not liking to fly, “he can’t go anywhere anyways.”
Greenberg also added that Kelly’s “finances are a mess,” and has no ability to produce residuals due to a child support judgment.
Documents summarizing the claims against Kelly were released by prosecutors on Saturday.
According to prosecutors, one girl met Kelly on her 16th birthday in 1998. Documents stated that the teen did contact Kelly after getting his business card where they had sex periodically for a year.
The second accuser was also 16 when she met Kelly in 2008. Later, the pair met at Kelly’s Chicago apartment where they purportedly had sex with Kelly choking and spitting on her.
The third is a 24-year-old hairdresser whom the R&B star allegedly attempted to force to perform oral sex on him in 2003 and spat on her face.
Court documents also included prosecutors reviewing videotapes that showed Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old girl who mentioned her age numerous times on the videos.
During a press conference on Friday, Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly M. Foxx said that the alleged crimes started in May 1998 up to January 2020. Details included vaginal and oral penetration and ejaculation onto the victims by the singer. Foxx also said that “aggravated criminal sexual abuse is a Class 2 felony with a 3-7 year sentence that is probationable.”
Michael Avenatti who represents six people in the case seems quite optimistic that Kelly is “never going to walk free another day of his life.”
Nevertheless, Kelly’s lawyer called all the women liars. Additionally, Greenberg also thinks that Foxx caved into public pressure.
“I was gonna be allowed to address what they had, then they just decided to indict him today for whatever reason. I suspect this is succumbing to public pressure,” Greenberg told reporters at a press conference.