R. Kelly, one of the world’s most famous R&B artist, pleads ‘not guilty’ to all ten counts of aggravated sexual assault that he is facing right now.
The plea is entered to a Chicago Court on Monday, February 25, by his lawyer, Steve Greenberg. The lawyer also notified the court that the 52-year-old has already surrendered his passport.
On Saturday, the court has set R. Kelly’s bond at 1 million dollars, with which he has to pay 10%
However, the famous singer was not able to pay his bail because he has financial problems. CNN reported that Kelly is facing unpaid rent and unpaid child support.
According to a CNN report Kelly owed more than $169,000 in unpaid child support to his ex-wife as of February 6. He also now faces a $166,000 eviction notice for all his overdue rent.
“This is someone who should be wealthy at this stage of his career,” Greenberg said last week.
Greenberg blamed ‘mismanagement,’ ‘hangers-on,’ and ‘bad deals’ for the financial situation of Kelly, who will remain in custody at the Cook County Jail until he pays off his bail.
R. Kelly is facing ten counts of aggravated sexual assault for allegedly sexually abusing four victims, three of which were minors during the alleged crime was perpetrated.
According to Cook County Prosecutor Kimberly Foxx, the alleged abuses took place across twelve years from 1998 – 2010.
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. Foxx alleges that the singer also spat on his victims during the attacks.
In an earlier statement, R. Kelly’s lawyer, Greenberg dismissed the claims against the singer saying “all the woman are lying.”
However, Michael Avenatti, legal counsel for one of the victims pushed back to Greenberg and called him ‘outrageous’ and ‘completely unprofessional’.
R. Kelly is scheduled to appear to court again on March 12. /apr