R Kelly appeared in a Chicago courtroom on Monday where his lawyer formally entered a not guilty plea on his behalf to 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
The singer, who wore an orange jumpsuit in court, identified himself to the judge at the start of the hearing, but did not speak again during the proceedings.
Once the hearing was over, Kelly returned to D. O. C. Division 8 RTU, with the singer still unable to cover his $1 million bond.
That is where Cook County houses individuals who they believe would be at risk in the general inmate population.
Kelly’s lawyer, Steven Greenberg, responded to the charges with a statement over the weekend, saying: ‘We haven’t seen any evidence, any reason to believe these allegations are credible. He’s a rock star. He doesn’t need to have nonconsensual sex.’
Aggravated criminal sexual abuse is a Class 2 felony with a sentencing range of 3-7 years in prison. He faces up to 70 years behind bars if convicted.
These new charges come one week after the emergence of a rape tape that allegedly features Kelly and a minor.
And on Monday, lawyer Michael Avenatti stated that he is working to obtain new tapes that allegedly show Kelly with underage females.
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx spoke about the charges at a brief press conference on Friday.
She went through the charges related to each of the four victims, using only initials to identify the women.
First was H.W., who was under the age of 17 between the dates of May 26, 1998 and May 25, 1999.
Kelly is charged with four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for the alleged offenses involving that victim.
Those include an instance of ‘contact between Robert Kelly’s penis and H.W’s sex organ,’ an instance where the contact was with ‘H.W’s mouth’ and when ‘Robert Kelly touched his penis to H.W’s breast.’
The fourth count stems from the claim that ‘Robert Kelly touched his mouth to H.W’s breast.’
R.L. was involved in an incident which occurred between September 26, 1998 and September 25, 2001 when she was a minor.
That alleged incident resulted in two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse – one for ‘contact between Robert Kelly’s penis and R.L’s sex organ’ one for contact with her ‘mouth.’
The third victim L.C. was of the age of consent on February 18, 2003.
‘A grand jury returned an indictment of one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse based on the transmission of semen by Robert Kelly upon any part of the body of the victim for the purpose of sexual gratification during the course of the underlying forcible felony of Attempt Criminal Sexual Assault,’ said Foxx.
The fourth and final victim was identified as J.P., and the incidents she was involved in led to the final three sexual abuse charges against Kelly.
Those incidents took place between May 1, 2009 and January 31, 2010, and the victim was under the age of 17.
In that case there was ‘contact between Robert Kelly’s penis and J.P’s sex organ,’ ‘moth’ and ‘the transmission of semen by Robert Kelly.’
Foxx had made a very public plea for accusers to come forward last month, and there could be more charges to come.
This comes just one day after the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office announced that Jussie Smollett had been indicted by a grand jury on a single charge of disorderly conduct for falsifying a police report.
The speed with which Smollett was indicted had led some to question why the State’s Attorney’s Office seemed to be taking their time with Kelly but rushing through the Smollett case.
Illinois is just one of the states where there is an open investigation into Kelly.
Lawyers for the Southern District of New York have also been meeting with alleged victims as well as agents from the IRS and FBI while the Department of Homeland Security has also opened up a probe.
This all comes in the wake of the Lifetime series Surviving R Kelly.
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.
When they called Chicago police however, the members of law enforcement were not able to legally enter the property.
Kelly had yet to be hit with any criminal charges in the wake of the docuseries until Friday.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Chris Spargo