Wednesday, May 22, 2024

R. Kelly’s Bond Set at $1 Million in Sexual Abuse Case

*Regarding R. Kelly‘s legal situation, today, at his first court hearing, Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. set the embattled entertainer’s bond at $1 million. His next court date has been set for this coming Monday.

The world renown  R&B star was charged with sexually abusing four people, including three minors, in a case that seemed likely to produce another #MeToo trial involving a celebrity.

According to a BuzzFeed report, his passport was also confiscated by the court. Judge Lyke also ordered Kelly and associates to not communicate with victims. Additionally, Kelly is not allowed to have any relations with anyone 18 years old or younger.

On Friday, prosecutors in Illinois filed 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against the R&B musician, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said Friday at a news conference.

Foxx said the charges were related to incidents alleged to have occurred between 1998 and 2010 with four separate victims.

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R. Kelly

Kelly, who was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008, has consistently denied any sexual misconduct. Greenberg told reporters following the singer’s arrest that one of the charges he faces appears to be tied to a decade-old child pornography case.

“Double jeopardy should bar that case,” Greenberg said. “He won that case.”

Greenberg said prosecutors rushed to judgment Friday in charging Kelly. He called the singer “an innocent man.”

“Mr. Kelly is strong,” Greenberg added. “He’s got a lot of support, and he’s going to be vindicated on all these charges.”

Best known for hits such as “I Believe I Can Fly,” Kelly broke into the R&B scene in 1993 with his first solo album, “12 Play,” which produced such popular sex-themed songs as “Bump N’ Grind” and “Your Body’s Callin’.”

Robert Kelly rose from poverty on Chicago’s South Side and has retained a sizable following. He has written numerous hits for himself and other artists, including Celine Dion, Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga. His collaborators have included Jay-Z and Usher.

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