Kelly Released After Posting $100K Bond - Everything We Know So Far!
Feb 28, 2019, 00:03
He has reportedly struggled to pay the $100,000 bail required to leave Cook County Jail.
Grammy-winning R&B artist R Kelly has pleaded not guilty during an appearance in a Chicago court to charges that he sexually assaulted three teenage girls and a woman. In the show, alleged victims and Kelly's close friends accuse the singer of abuse, predatory behavior and pedophilia.
"At the age of 17, I was walking in the mall with friends like so many teenagers often do when I was approached by a predator, and that predator is Robert Sylvester Kelly", she said in front of a crowd of reporters.
His bail was paid by a 47-year-old woman from the Chicago suburb of Romeoville, Illinois, according to the Chicago Tribune.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, several women sat on the hood of a auto that was parked next to Kelly's van, where they took pictures and danced after he exited the restaurant.
Last month, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx asked for possible alleged victims of sexual assault or domestic violence by Kelly to come forward after what she called the "deeply, deeply disturbing" allegations outlined in the docu-series "Surviving R. Kelly". Kelly has repeatedly denied any sexual misconduct, and he was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008. A trial looks set to occur later this year. The gossip site also reported that the attorney is working on acquiring a third video that is believed to exist, showing Kelly with a different girl.
Kelly's next court date has been scheduled for March 22. "It leaves no question as to Mr. Kelly's guilt", Avenatti said.
The singer-songwriter was arrested on Friday on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse.
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Avenatti said that he expects Kelly's insiders to turn on him if prosecutors for after them.
In an interview with The Daily Beast on Tuesday, Avenatti says that this tape depicts Kelly urinating on the victim's face, as well as other body parts.
Kelly surrendered to Chicago police shortly after 8 p.m. Friday at the Central District Police Station and spent the night in lockup. Kelly used force or the threat of force, according to the charges.
Each of the 10 charges carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
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New evidence has surfaced against R. Kelly including a video where he was caught during the act of the abuse and a t-shirt submitted by one of the victims containing Kelly's DNA.
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