R. Kelly pleads not guilty to multiple counts of criminal sex abuse

R. Kelly’s attorney says he expects the singer, who pleaded not guilty to 10 felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse Monday morning, to post bail by the evening, 

Kelly who spent the weekend in jail while his team pulled together his bail payment of $100,000, appeared in an orange jumpsuit during his arraignment on four separate indictments. 

The indictments describe the case of four women – three of whom were underage at the time of the alleged sexual abuse. Kelly, who was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008, has denied wrongdoing. His defense attorney, Steve Greenberg says he’s confident the singer will be vindicated.

In addition to entering a plea, Kelly learned who would be handling his trial: Cook County Associate Judge Lawrence Flood.

The singer, whose next court date is March 22, returned to jail until arrangements could be made to pay his $100,000 bail, which accounts for 10 percent of the $1 million bond set Saturday. 

Greenberg had warned the Associated Press that while the singer could afford to pay bail, he likely wouldn’t be out of jail until after the weekend because of logistical issues exacerbated by the singer’s messy finances.

Greenberg said Monday afternoon that Kelly’s ability to post bail would not be affected by a child support case involving the singer because that case is a civil court matter.

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

Once Kelly does make bail, the terms of his release prohibit him from having any contact with females under the age of 18.

Meanwhile, attorney Michael Avenatti said Monday that his team had turned over a  second sex tape featuring Kelly with a 14-year-old girl. However, he didn’t say whether she was the same girl from the first tape he announced on Feb. 14, which the indictment documents cited as evidence for some of the charges against him.

“This tape was recently uncovered in connection with our ongoing nationwide investigation on behalf of victims,” he tweeted Monday. “Justice must be done.”

Contributing: Associated Press

 

 

 

 

 

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