R. Kelly will stay behind bars till Monday or Tuesday as his workforce scrambles to rearrange to pay the $100,000 bail wanted to free him as he awaits trial for aggravated sexual abuse, his lawyer instructed Fox Information Sunday.
The 52-year-old R&B star had hoped to stroll out of the 7,000-inmate Chicago jail over the weekend, however protection lawyer Steve Greenberg instructed us that coordinating the cost is sophisticated.
“He has to depend on others performing on his behalf,” Greenberg instructed Fox information. “And it is simply not that straightforward — as a result of Kelly’s in jail.”
A bond court docket decide on Saturday set bail at $1 million, requiring the Grammy Award-winning singer to pay 10 p.c. Among the many situations of launch is that Kelly haven’t any contact with females youthful than 18.
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In arguing for bail throughout the singer’s means to pay, Greenberg instructed the decide that Kelly wasn’t rich regardless of many years of success creating hit songs. The lawyer blamed mismanagement, unhealthy contracts and different points for his consumer’s monetary woes.
Greenberg stated he had braced for the likelihood that bail could possibly be increased than $1 million, however was happy when Decide John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. arrived on the quantity he did.
There are a number of logistical points that might have thwarted Kelly’s efforts to pay over the weekend, stated Joseph Lopez, a prison protection lawyer in Chicago not related to the Kelly case.
Bond will be paid by bank card, money or test. Court docket officers should be capable to speak to financial institution officers instantly to substantiate that an quantity written on a test is roofed, and that is not potential when banks are closed, Lopez stated.
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Data on the Prepare dinner County sheriff’s web site say Kelly is in Division eight of the county jail, the place the medical unit is situated but in addition the place inmates thought-about in danger from the overall inmate inhabitants are held, Lopez stated.
Kelly was charged in a grand jury indictment unsealed Friday with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving 4 victims, three of whom had been minors.
Greenberg stated a decide will assign a trial decide to the case at a short Monday morning court docket session that Kelly is anticipated to attend.
Disturbing particulars of the allegations in opposition to Kelly emerged Saturday when the prosecution launched 4 detailed paperwork — one for every accuser — outlining the idea for the costs. The allegations date again so far as 1998 and span greater than a decade.
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A 16-year-old lady who attended Kelly’s youngster pornography trial in 2008 obtained his autograph after a court docket session. He later invited her to his dwelling within the Chicago suburb of Olympia Fields, the place they’d intercourse a number of instances, in line with the paperwork, which stated he additionally slapped, choked and spit on her.
In 1998, one other lady reported assembly Kelly at a restaurant the place she was having a 16th celebration. Kelly’s supervisor gave her the singer’s enterprise card and advised she name Kelly. The lady’s mom heard the change, took the cardboard and instructed the supervisor her daughter was 16.
However her daughter later retrieved the cardboard from her purse. She contacted Kelly, who gave her directions and cash that she assumed was for the taxi fare to his studio, the place they’d intercourse periodically for a 12 months, the paperwork stated.
In early 2003, a Chicago hairdresser instructed prosecutors that she thought she was going to braid Kelly’s hair, however he pulled down his pants and as a substitute tried to drive her to offer him oral intercourse. The girl, who was 24, was capable of draw back, however Kelly ejaculated on her and spit in her face, the paperwork stated.
Prosecutors additionally described a witness who had entry to videotapes displaying Kelly having intercourse with a 14-year-old lady. The witness turned a tape over to authorities and recognized the lady, who repeatedly said her age on the footage, in line with the paperwork.
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Kelly’s DNA was present in semen on one of many accuser’s shirts, and semen discovered on a shirt worn by one other was submitted for DNA testing, Prepare dinner County State’s Legal professional Kim Foxx stated. It was not clear when the accusers turned the shirts over to authorities — whether or not it was shortly after the abuse or extra lately.
On the bond listening to, Greenberg stated his consumer will not be a flight danger. He instructed the decide, “Opposite to the music, Mr. Kelly does not prefer to fly.” Considered one of Kelly’s best-known hits is “I Imagine I Can Fly.”
After the listening to, Greenberg instructed reporters that Kelly didn’t drive anybody to have intercourse.
“He is a rock star. He does not need to have nonconsensual intercourse,” Greenberg stated.
The decide ordered Kelly to give up his passport, ending his hopes of doing a tour of Europe in April. Kelly defiantly scheduled live shows in Germany and the Netherlands regardless of the cloud of authorized points looming over him. Greenberg denied that any tour was deliberate.
The recording artist, whose authorized title is Robert Kelly, has been trailed for many years by allegations that he violated underage women and girls and held some as digital slaves.
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Kelly has constantly denied any sexual misconduct. He broke into the R&B scene in 1993 along with his first solo album, “12 Play,” which produced such common sex-themed songs as “Your Physique’s Callin'” and “Bump N’ Grind.”
He rose from poverty on Chicago’s South Facet and has retained a large following. Kelly has written quite a few hits for himself and different artists, together with Celine Dion, Michael Jackson and Girl Gaga.
In 2008, the jury acquitted Kelly of kid pornography expenses that centered on a graphic video that prosecutors stated confirmed him having intercourse with a lady as younger as 13. He and the younger girl allegedly seen with him denied they had been within the 27-minute video, though the image high quality was good and witnesses testified it was them, and he or she didn’t take the stand. Kelly might have been sentenced to 15 years in jail.
Charging Kelly now for actions that occurred in the identical time-frame because the allegations from the 2008 trial suggests the accusers are cooperating this time and prepared to testify.
As a result of the alleged sufferer 10 years in the past denied that she was on the video and didn’t testify, the state’s lawyer’s workplace had little recourse besides to cost the lesser offense below Illinois regulation, youngster pornography, which required a decrease commonplace of proof.
Every depend of the new expenses carries as much as seven years in jail, and the sentences could possibly be served consecutively, making it potential for him to obtain as much as 70 years. Probation can also be an choice.
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The partitions started closing in on Kelly after the discharge of a BBC documentary about him final 12 months and the multipart Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” which aired final month. Collectively they detailed allegations that he held girls in opposition to their will and ran a “intercourse cult.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.