Kelly Pleads Not Guilty On All Charges Of Sexual Abuse

Saul Bowman
February 26, 2019

The 52-year-old performer, whose real name is Robert Kelly, is charged under a 10-count indictment with sexually assaulting three teenagers and a woman in alleged incidents dating back to 1998.

In this courtroom sketch, R&B singer R Kelly, attorney Steve Greenberg and prosecutor Jennifer Gonzalez appears before Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke the Leighton Criminal Courthouse.

Kelly pleaded not guilty Monday to charges he sexually abused four victims, three of them underage, over a span of a dozen years. A judge on Saturday set bond at $1 million United States, meaning that Kelly must post $100,000 bail to be released.

His next court date is set for 22 March.

"It's our position at this point that Mr. Kelly has done absolutely nothing wrong", Greenberg said.

This tape is in addition to a recent, 45-minute tape in the hands of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which allegedly features R. Kelly and a 14-year-old girl having sex.

"I don't know if it's R. Kelly or not on those photos, but anyone can have photos", Greenberg said.

But Kelly's attorney said he doesn't believe the accusers.

Kelly's attorney has entered a not guilty plea on his client's behalf to multiple charges of criminal sexual abuse.

Avenatti also said there are two more videos that incriminate Kelly - in addition to one previously viewed by CNN that shows a man who appears to be Kelly performing sex acts with a girl.

In arguing for bail within the singer's ability to pay, Greenberg told a judge over the weekend that Kelly is not wealthy despite decades of success creating hit songs.

Michael Avenatti - the high-profile lawyer representing at least two of the alleged victims - separately said Monday that his team had turned over a second, 55-minute long tape to prosecutors that depicts the artist "engaged in illegal sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl". Each count carries a maximum of 10 years in prison.

One of them, Lizette Martinez, said at the news conference that she met Kelly at a shopping mall when she was 17 years old and that he abused her from 1995 until 1999. He said he would turn over the video to prosecutors on Monday.

R. Kelly's attorney says arrangements are being made to pay the R&B singer's $100,000 bail to free him while he awaits trial for aggravated sexual abuse. Together they detailed allegations that he held women against their will and ran a "sex cult". In a sensational trial in 2008, six years after he was indicted, Kelly was acquitted of charges alleging he filmed himself having sex with his goddaughter, a girl estimated to have been as young as 13.

"He's a rock star".

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