R. Kelly is charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse
UPDATE: R. Kelly’s bail has been set at $1 million. The singer was jailed overnight ahead of his bond hearing. Kelly must turn in his passport and cannot have contact with anyone who is 18 years or younger or any of the victims. He is scheduled to next appear in court on February 25.
Kelly took a van from his recording studio to a Chicago police precinct at about 8:15 p.m. CST, according to NBC Chicago. He was put under arrest about 15 minutes later, and was expected to appear in court for a bond hearing Saturday afternoon, said Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
Kelly, 52, faces 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago.
A bond hearing for Kelly is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, and his arraignment is set for March 8.
Steve Greenberg, R. Kelly’s attorney, told reporters late Friday, “Kelly is strong. He’s got a lot of support. And he’s going to be vindicated on all these charges.”
He said that he believed one of the accusers in the latest case was the same one involved in a previous acquittal, and that the artist shouldn’t have to face similar charges. “Double jeopardy should apply,” he said.
Greenberg alleged that the star’s accusers were trying to get on a “gravy train” to profit from his client.
The indictment released on Friday listed four victims, at least three of whom were under 17 at the time they were allegedly victimized by Kelly. They were identified only by initials in the court papers.
The alleged sex acts occurred between May 1998 and January 2010, prosecutors said.
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx read Kelly’s indictment during a brief news conference but left without answering any questions.
Kelly’s arraignment is set for March 8.
He faces up to three to seven years in prison for each charge if convicted.
BREAKING: Judge sets R&B singer R. Kelly’s bond at $1 million.
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 23, 2019
R. Kelly was charged Friday with multiple counts of sexual abuse and surrendered himself in Cook County, Illinois.
More than a decade after escaping a child pornography trial, the singer was back in the court on similar charges. He was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse before a grand jury and is expected to appear in bond court Saturday
For clarification on the CPD arrest process: Mr. Kelly will be fingerprinted, photographed & processed tonight. He will remain in Chicago police custody. Tomorrow morning he will take a prisoner transport to Court where custody will be transferred to the Sheriff of Cook County.
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 23, 2019
Prosecutors had appeared Friday morning before Judge Dennis Porter, who approved a no-bail warrant for the singer. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx briefly went through the charges and announced that each count is a Class 2 felony. Each of counts can be punished by three to seven years in prison or as little as probation.