R Kelly spends another night in jail because he cannot come up with the $100,000 bail

Singer R Kelly will spend another night in jail after being unable to make bail, as prosecutors allege he solicited underage girls for sex even as he was on trial for child pornography.

While on trial in 2008, R Kelly still found time to talk to fans, give autographs and to meet an underage girl he later invited to his home, according to prosecutors who depicted the R&B star as manipulative and sometimes violent. 

Other accusers included a girl who met Kelly at her 16th birthday party and a hairdresser who expected to braid the singer’s hair only to find that he wanted oral sex instead, court documents said.

The accounts emerged Saturday as Kelly made his first court appearance since being accused of sexually abusing four people in a case that could produce another #MeToo reckoning for a celebrity.

R Kelly was granted $1million bond in court on Saturday after having been indicted and booked on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse. 

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R Kelly was granted $1million bond in court on Saturday after having been indicted and booked on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse. The R&B singer, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is pictured in a booking photo released by the Chicago Police Department

R Kelly was granted $1million bond in court on Saturday after having been indicted and booked on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse. The R&B singer, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is pictured in a booking photo released by the Chicago Police Department

R Kelly was granted $1million bond in court on Saturday after having been indicted and booked on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse. The R&B singer, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is pictured in a booking photo released by the Chicago Police Department

Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr imposed a bond of $250,000 for each of the four women the embattled R&B singer, real name Robert Sylvester Kelly, is accused of abusing.  

He will be able to post just 10 percent of the bond amount – $100,000 – to be released under the D-bond.  

Kelly’s lawyers had asked for a lower bond amount, arguing that the defendant’s finances are a mess in part because he was recently dropped by his record label. 

He also had to surrender his passport even though his attorney, Steve Greenberg, said Kelly is not a flight risk, telling the judge: ‘Contrary to the song, Mr Kelly doesn’t like to fly.’

Bond was set after prosecutors laid out the stunning allegations against Kelly in graphic detail. Three of the four cases involved women who were underage.  

Kelly reported kept his eyes locked on the courtroom floor and looked dejected as Judge Lyke Jr called the allegations ‘disturbing’.  

Kelly has been accused of sexually abusing four victims, at least three who were under the age of 17 at the time. The singer (above in a court sketch from Saturday) reportedly kept his eyes locked on the courtroom floor and looked dejected as Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr called the allegations against him 'disturbing'

Kelly has been accused of sexually abusing four victims, at least three who were under the age of 17 at the time. The singer (above in a court sketch from Saturday) reportedly kept his eyes locked on the courtroom floor and looked dejected as Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr called the allegations against him 'disturbing'

Kelly has been accused of sexually abusing four victims, at least three who were under the age of 17 at the time. The singer (above in a court sketch from Saturday) reportedly kept his eyes locked on the courtroom floor and looked dejected as Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr called the allegations against him ‘disturbing’

Cook County state’s attorney Kimberly Foxx spoke to the press outside the courtroom following Kelly’s bond hearing and provided more details about the charges brought against the singer, which the presiding judge called ‘disturbing’

Kelly’s attorney Steve Greenberg (above after the hearing) had asked for a lower bond amount, arguing that the defendant’s finances are a mess because he was recently dropped by his label

After the hearing, Cook County state’s attorney Kimberly Foxx addressed the press and provided additional details on each of the indictments. 

The first victim, identified as H.W., allegedly met Kelly when she was celebrating her 16th birthday and his manager gave her the artist’s card. 

The victim’s mother approached the manager and informed him that the girl was only 16. The girl later took the card out of her mother’s purse and contacted Kelly, who told her to skip school and come to his studio, Foxx said.

The pair allegedly had regular sexual contact including oral and vaginal intercourse about once a month between May 26, 1998 and May 25, 1999. Kelly is charged with four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for the alleged offenses involving that victim.  

The second indictment is based on a disturbing video purportedly showing Kelly have sex with a 14-year-old girl identified as R.L., in an incident that took place between September 26, 1998 and September 25, 2001.

That incident resulted in two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse – one for ‘contact between Robert Kelly’s penis and R.L’s sex organ’ one for contact with her ‘mouth.’

The allegations came to light in 2001 when a witness having a conversation with Kelly and his associates was asked to retrieve video showing the artist having sexual intercourse with the victim. The witness turned the video over to police. 

The third indictment with one count of aggravated sexual assault involved a 24-year-old hairdresser, identified as L.W., who was hired to braid Kelly’s hair. 

Prosecutors say that on February 18, 2003, Kelly told the woman that he didn’t want her to braid his hair but wanted a head massage as he exposed his penis to her. 

He then allegedly grabbed her head and tried to force her to perform oral sex on him. 

When she resisted, Kelly ejaculated on her and spit in her face several times, prosecutors said. Kelly’s DNA was recovered from the alleged victim’s shirt. 

The fourth victim, identified as J.P., met Kelly when she asked for his autograph while attending his 2008 trial on child pornography charges. 

According to an indictment detailing three counts of aggravated sexual assault, the pair engaged in oral and vaginal sex between a period from May 2009 to January 2010. She was between 13 and 17 at the time. 

Prosecutors say Kelly would often spit on the victim, slap her in the face, choke her and ejaculate on her. She saved a shirt from one of the incidents and turned it over to police, who found a DNA match to Kelly. 

If convicted on all 10 counts, Kelly could face up to 70 years behind bars. His arraignment has been scheduled for February 28. 

Kelly surrendered to police in Chicago on Friday night after a warrant was issued for his arrest

Kelly surrendered to police in Chicago on Friday night after a warrant was issued for his arrest

Kelly surrendered to police in Chicago on Friday night after a warrant was issued for his arrest

Kelly arrived in a black van at the 1st District Chicago police station around 8pm CST. The singer did not respond as reporters shouted questions at him

Kelly arrived in a black van at the 1st District Chicago police station around 8pm CST. The singer did not respond as reporters shouted questions at him

Kelly arrived in a black van at the 1st District Chicago police station around 8pm CST. The singer did not respond as reporters shouted questions at him

Kelly was led inside the station, handcuffed by police, and led away for booking

Kelly was led inside the station, handcuffed by police, and led away for booking

Kelly was led inside the station, handcuffed by police, and led away for booking

Kelly surrendered on Friday night at the 1st District Chicago police station, hours after the Cook County State’s Attorney office issued a no bail warrant for his arrest.

In a booking photo released by the Chicago Police Department early Saturday, Kelly can be seen wearing a basic black hooded sweatshirt and an exhausted expression.  

Kelly arrived at the station in a large black van with tinted windows at around 8pm CST. He exited the vehicle wearing a puffy blue coat, entered the station house, was handcuffed and led away.

The 52-year-old did not respond as reporters shouted questions, including: ‘Are you innocent?’ and ‘How do you explain the video?’

In response to a question about what he had to say ‘to the black women of Chicago,’ Kelly’s attorney shot back: ‘That’s an offensive question.’ 

Following Kelly’s arrest, his attorney Steve Greenberg addressed reporters outside the station. 

He said that several of the charges are ‘double jeopardy’ because they ‘involve the same girl’ that Kelly was acquitted of producing child pornography with in 2008.

Greenberg went on to say that all of the accusations against Kelly, including those in the recent documentary Surviving R Kelly, are false.

‘I think all the women are lying, yes. This has become: “Hey I can say R Kelly did something.” Boom,’ the lawyer said. ‘”Oh I met R Kelly once, he looked at me the wrong way.” Boom, money.’

Greenberg also blasted celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti, who said last week that he had turned over to prosecutors damning video evidence of Kelly performing sex acts on a 14-year-old girl.

‘I haven’t seen Avenatti’s tape,’ Greenberg said. ‘I wonder why [prosecutor] Kim Foxx isn’t investigating him for disseminating child porn and watching child porn, which I’m sure he’s done many times.’

Avenatti blasted back minutes later on Twitter: ‘Steve Greenberg is exactly what R Kelly deserves. Happy to be living rent free in this guy’s head.’

R KELLY INDICTMENTS

Robert Sylvester Kelly, 52, was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four victims on Friday, February 22 in Chicago. 

VICTIM 1 – H.W., 16 years old

  • Regular sexual contact between May 1998 to May 1999
  • Four counts of aggravated sexual assault 

Kelly allegedly met H.W. when she was celebrating her 16th birthday and his manager gave her the artist’s card, according to Cook County state attorney Kimberly Foxx. 

The victim’s mother approached the manager and informed him that the girl was only 16. The girl later took the card out of her mother’s purse and contacted Kelly, who told her to skip school and come to his studio, Foxx said.

The pair allegedly had regular sexual contact including oral and vaginal intercourse about once a month between May 26, 1998 and May 25, 1999. 

VICTIM 2 – R.L., 14 years old 

  • Once incident between September 1998 to September 2001 
  • Two counts of aggravated sexual assault 

The second indictment is based on a disturbing video purportedly showing Kelly have sex with a 14-year-old girl identified as R.L., in an incident that allegedly took place between September 26, 1998 and September 25, 2001.  

The allegations came to light in 2001 when a witness having a conversation with Kelly and his associates was asked to retrieve video showing the artist having sexual intercourse with the victim, Foxx said. The witness turned the video over to police.

VICTIM 3 – L.W., 24 years old 

  • One incident on February 18, 2003 
  • One count of aggravated sexual assault 

Prosecutors say L.W. had been hired to braid Kelly’s hair on February 18, 2003, and when the singer showed up for his appointment he allegedly told the 24-year-old that he didn’t want her to braid his hair but wanted a head massage as he exposed his penis to her. 

He then allegedly grabbed her head and tried to force her to perform oral sex on him. When she resisted, Kelly ejaculated on her and spit in her face several times, prosecutors said. Kelly’s DNA was recovered from the victim’s shirt. 

VICTIM 4 – J.P., under 17 years old

  • Repeated sexual contact between May 2009 and January 2010
  • Three counts of aggravated sexual assault 

J.P. allegedly met Kelly when she asked for his autograph while attending his 2008 criminal trial on child pornography charges. 

According to an indictment detailing three counts of aggravated sexual assault, the pair engaged in oral and vaginal sex between a period from May 1, 2009 to January 31, 2010. 

Kelly allegedly spat on the victim, slapped her in the face and ejaculated on her. The victim brought a T-shirt with his semen on it when she reported the alleged abuse to police.

If convicted on all 10 counts, Kelly could face up to 70 years behind bars. His arraignment has been scheduled for February 28.  

R Kelly has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct. 

Kelly's attorney Steve Greenberg denied the charges against his client after he turned himself in on Friday night. Greenberg told reporters that 'all the women are lying'

Kelly's attorney Steve Greenberg denied the charges against his client after he turned himself in on Friday night. Greenberg told reporters that 'all the women are lying'

Kelly’s attorney Steve Greenberg denied the charges against his client after he turned himself in on Friday night. Greenberg told reporters that ‘all the women are lying’

Upon news of his arrest, some of Kelly’s accusers spoke out to express their gratitude. 

‘When I first heard the news, I started crying because it was tears of joy,’ Asante McGee told WSB-TV in Atlanta. 

She appeared in the Surviving R Kelly docuseries, in which she accused the singer of holding her in a Georgia home and abusing her six years ago – allegations that are unrelated to the criminal charges Kelly faces in Chicago.

‘To know that we finally got an indictment after two decades, after him getting away with the allegations, it was a joyous moment for me,’ McGee said. ‘Just knowing the things that he was doing to those young girls was really sickening.’   

In a statement, Kelly’s attorney said the singer is ‘shell-shocked’ by the sex abuse charges. 

Kelly has previously denied all allegations of assault and abuse through his lawyer. 

Aggravated criminal sexual abuse is a Class 2 felony with a sentencing range of three to seven years in prison. He faces up to 70 years behind bars if convicted.

These new charges come one week after the emergence of a rape tape that allegedly features Kelly and a minor.   

Got him: The incidents allegedly took place between 1998 and 2010, and is unclear if the grand jury is done hearing testimony and evidence in the case (Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx at a press conference on Friday)

Got him: The incidents allegedly took place between 1998 and 2010, and is unclear if the grand jury is done hearing testimony and evidence in the case (Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx at a press conference on Friday)

Got him: The incidents allegedly took place between 1998 and 2010, and is unclear if the grand jury is done hearing testimony and evidence in the case (Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx at a press conference on Friday)

Back to court: R Kelly (above at his 2008 trial) has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse by the Cook County State's Attorney's office

Back to court: R Kelly (above at his 2008 trial) has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse by the Cook County State's Attorney's office

Back to court: R Kelly (above at his 2008 trial) has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office

Foxx had made a very public plea for accusers to come forward last month, and there could be more charges to come. 

This comes just one day after the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office announced that Jussie Smollett had been indicted by a grand jury on a single charge of disorderly conduct for falsifying a police report in a suspected hate hoax. 

The same judge overseeing that case, Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr, has been assigned to Kelly’s case.

Illinois is just one of the states where there is an open investigation into Kelly.

Lawyers for the Southern District of New York have also been meeting with alleged victims as well as agents from the IRS and FBI while the Department of Homeland Security has also opened up a probe.

The alleged rape tape was submitted to the State’s Attorney’s Office last week by Michael Avenatti. 

At the time, Avenatti said that he believed it showed Kelly and an underage minor whose age he guessed to be 14.

CNN then watched the tape as well, despite the fact that it is a federal crime to watch child pornography.

When asked if either party might be investigated for these actions, an FBI spokesperson declined to comment.

R Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving several victims including minors. He is seen above performing in 2016

R Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving several victims including minors. He is seen above performing in 2016

R Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving several victims including minors. He is seen above performing in 2016

This all comes in the wake of the Lifetime series Surviving R Kelly.

The six-part docuseries ended on a devastating note, with the parents of one of the young women who had run away with Kelly seen throwing rocks at his studio windows trying to get the attention of their daughter.

When they called Chicago police however, the members of law enforcement were not able to legally enter the property.

Kelly had yet to be hit with any criminal charges  in the wake of the docuseries until Friday.

His manager however found himself in trouble with the law days after the series premired.

A police report filed in Georgia reveals that Don Russell texted and called Timothy Savage, the father of one of the alleged victims, to say it ‘would be best for him and his family if the documentary does not air.’

Russell later said that he and Kelly might have to release information that would destroy Savage, his family and his business.

Savage and his wife Jonelyn have been trying for years to get back their daughter Jocelyn, who ran off to be with Kelly shortly after meeting him backstage at a concert when she was only 17.

They believe that she is being held captive but the singer, but both Kelly and Jocelyn deny this is the case.

The report states that Savage called police shortly after 5am on the day of the incident.

The responding officer then arrived at the house before 5.45am, which is when Russell called Savage on the phone.

Savage was then able to put the phone on speaker so that the officer could hear everything that was being said by Russell.

‘Don says several times that Timothy is providing Lifetime with false information, and that is he continues supporting the documentary that they (R Kelly / Don) would be forced to release information disproving Don,’ reads the report.

‘Don advised Timothy that the information would ruin him, his reputation, business and family, because it would show him a liar.’

This is actually the second time one of the singer’s managers has threatened Savage, who previously filed a police report against James Mason.

There is now an outstanding warrant for Mason after he failed to respond to police when they asked to question him about the ‘threats’ he made to Savage.

The Savages first spoke out in an interview with BuzzFeed on in 2017 which contained worrying allegations that Kelly had been holding a handful of young women in cult like conditions and effectively treating them as his sexual slaves for years.

Some former members of his entourage vouched for their concern. Three separate women said they were all forced to subscribe to his rules.

They said they were told when to eat, bathe, sleep and had to perform sexual acts on one another which the singer then recorded.

Savage’s mother recalled painstakingly how she was present when her daughter met the singer as an aspiring musician herself after being invited backstage to a concert in 2015.

It’s not clear exactly when Jocelyn went to live with Kelly but her family say they have not seen her since December 2017. ‘It was as if she was brainwashed. [She] looked like a prisoner — it was horrible,’ her mother said.

The mother-of-three boasted about meeting the star again in January 2016. On Facebook, she posed with Jocelyn and the star along with one other women, telling friends how they were ‘in the studio’.

In her BuzzFeed interview, she said she thought it would be ‘fine’ for her daughter to spend time with the star if she was there to watch over her.

Jocelyn’s father Timothy believes she is suffering Stockholm Syndrome, a condition which sees hostages grow to love their captors.

The family contacted police after their daughter fled to live with the singer and told officers how he was running a ‘cult’.

Police visited the home where they said she was but it was empty. They then tracked her down in Chicago but she said she was fine and wanted to be left alone by her family.

Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones, and Asante McGee – all former members of Kelly’s entourage – described in detail the sort of treatment endured by young women who find themselves pulled into the singer’s orbit.

A representative for Kelly spoke out at the time about the claims, saying the singer ‘unequivocally denies’ them and said he will ‘work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and to clear his name’.

Earlier, Mack, Jones, and McGee said there are at least six women living in properties rented by the R&B star in Chicago and Atlanta. The ‘guest houses’ where the women are kept are near his home in suburban Atlanta, and his apartment at Trump Tower in Chicago.

‘You have to ask for food. You have to ask to go use the bathroom… [Kelly] is a master at mind control… He is a puppet master,’ Mack, who worked as the singer’s assistant, told the website.

The women, who said the ‘babies’ – as the girls are referred to – are required to call Kelly ‘Daddy’, then ran through a list of people they believe were living either at one of the performer’s properties in Atlanta or his Chicago recording studio last summer.

The first woman mentioned in the article was a 31-year-old ‘den mother’, who is reportedly responsible for ‘training newcomers on how Kelly liked to be pleasured sexually’.

The ‘den mother’ ‘had been best friends since high school’ with the person who was allegedly in the videotape that led to Kelly standing trial on child pornography charges in 2008.

Mack said many of the young women are sucked in by the singer because they think: ‘This is R Kelly, I’m going to live a lavish lifestyle’.

In addition to the aforementioned control Kelly has, he allegedly demands the women ask his permission before leaving a room, are forced to wear jogging suits in public in order to keep their figures hidden, have their phones taken and are given new ones that are only allowed to be used to contact him or others approved by him, and have to deal with a ‘burly’ SUV driver parked outside his properties.

Both Mack and Jones said that if any of the women break the ‘rules’, Kelly ‘punishes them physically and verbally’. Jones recounted a time she angered Kelly by ‘being too friendly’ with the male cashier.

‘I got trapped. I had people telling me I was an idiot. But it took me a long time to realize they were right, and I’m talking now because I hope I can help some of these other girls,’ said Jones.

McGee added: ‘R Kelly is the sweetest person you will ever want to meet. But Robert is the devil.’

 

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