R. Kelly’s bond has been set at $1 million dollars by a Chicago judge in the first hearing since the R&B star was charged with sexually abusing four people.
The judge at Saturday’s hearing, Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr., is the same judge who presided over “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s bond hearing earlier this week.
During the hearing, attorney Steve Greenberg told the judge that, “Contrary to the song, Mr. Kelly doesn’t like to fly,” in reference to the Grammy-award winner’s hit “I believe I can fly.”
The judge called the allegations against Kelly “disturbing” as the singer stared at the floor looking dejected.
Kelly, 52, surrendered to police at 8:15 p.m. Friday night, hours after being charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said at a press conference to announce the charges that the indictment lists four victims, identified by initials, and multiple alleged criminal acts of sexual assault dating back to 1998.
Court documents show three of the victims were between the ages of 13 and 17.
Some of the charges stem from a newly discovered video found by attorney Michael Avenatti that allegedly shows Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old girl, according to a copy of the indictment obtained by USA TODAY.
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Kelly’s Chicago defense attorney, Steve Greenberg, said earlier in the day that the singer had been “shell-shocked” by the charges. He told The Associated Press that his client is “extraordinarily disappointed and depressed” about the charges.
Avenatti held a press conference in Chicago Friday where he declared, “This marks a watershed moment in the 25 years of abuse by this predator known as R.Kelly.”
Avenatti also said he has discovered another video and is in the process of recovering a third video and plans to turn them over to Foxx’s office as well.
Attorney Gloria Allred, who says she represents multiple women who have accused Kelly of sexual misconduct, introduced two new accusers at a New York press conference Thursday. The women said they were teens when Kelly plied them with alcohol and marijuana during a mid-’90s Baltimore hotel room encounter that they say ended with the statutory rape of one of them.
“As I predicted yesterday, the wheels of justice are turning,” Allred said in a statement emailed to USA TODAY on Friday. “This may not be the only prosecution of Mr. Kelly, because we are aware of other open investigations in other jurisdictions, but I am very glad that he has been indicted in Cook County and that this day has finally come for Mr. Kelly.”
Contributing: The Associated Press