R Kelly pleads not guilty to 10 sex abuse charges

After spending the weekend in jail R. Kelly is going back to court Monday for the second time in two days

Hours earlier, Kelly's attorney Steven Greenberg pleaded not guilty on Kelly's behalf, reported the Associated Press.

High-profile attorney Michael Avenatti, who is representing one of the accusers, called Greenberg's statements "outrageous and completely unprofessional". If S.E. stands for Stephanie Edwards, a.k.a the singer Sparkle, it's possible this is the same tape as the one featured in the 2008 trial, because Sparkle has repeatedly identified the girl in that original tape as her niece.

Prosecutors also described a witness who had access to videotapes showing Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old girl. Kelly was acquitted six years later. R. Kelly faces seven years for each felony count, so he's facing a total of 70 years in this case. He said it is about 55 minutes long and is from around 1999 or 2000. "It leaves no question as to Mr. Kelly's guilt on the tape".

Earlier this month, Michael Avenatti (best known as the celebrity lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels in her legal battles with President Donald Trump) said he had given a new tape to Chicago authorities (and CNN).

Kelly's attorney warned against judging his client too quickly.

Greenberg reiterated at a news conference that Kelly has done nothing wrong and said no one has shown him any evidence to the contrary.

"All of this is ridiculously premature", he said.

Cook County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari said Monday that Kelly posted his $100,000 bail after spending the weekend in jail.




The judge maintained his bail at $1 million of which he must pay 10%. To leave custody, he'd have to pay 10% of the total, or $100,000. The singer reportedly owes upwards of $190,000 in unpaid child support to his ex-wife, Andrea Lee. "This is someone who should be wealthy at this stage in his career", attorney Steve Greenberg told reporters Monday.

He cited "mismanagement", "hangers-on" and "bad deals" as some of the reasons Kelly "really doesn't have any money at this point". The sexual assault charges involve four women, including three who were underage when prosecutors allege that the abuse occurred, with the incidents happening between 1998 and 2010.

Allred also said Kelly's accusers have been subjected to abuse by the singer's fans.

Speaking Friday after Kelly's arrest, Greenberg accused the women of "lying" and slammed Foxx for bringing the charges.

'The state is trying to make him do that, or they were, ' Greenberg continued, 'but the judge said no'.

R. Kelly also has other financial woes that may prevent him from having enough money to post bail. The back rent continued to pile up, and the judge finally signed off on an eviction.

He is expected to appear in court on 8 March.

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