R. Kelly Pleads Not Guilty to Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse
The singer is also facing another new lawsuit
Published Feb 25, 2019After turning himself in to authorities last Friday night (February 22), R. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
The Associated Press reports that Kelly's lawyer, Steve Greenberg, entered a not guilty plea on the singer's behalf in a Chicago court this morning. Greenberg also told the court that Kelly's associates were working to coordinate payment for his $100,000 bail, potentially leading to his release Monday or Tuesday.
TMZ reports that Kelly has also been served with another lawsuit in Cook County. According to the publication, a woman named Heather Williams claims Kelly sexually assaulted her in 1998 when she was 16 years old. Williams is seeking at least $50,000 USD.
Last week, Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Prosecutors say that the charges involve four victims, at least three of whom were younger than 17. Earlier this month, it was reported that a new videotape had surfaced that allegedly showed Kelly sexually assaulting a minor.
As previously reported, Kelly was dropped by his record label following the release of Lifetime documentary series Surviving R. Kelly. Last year, his music was removed from Spotify under their Hateful Conduct Policy.
Kelly has continued to deny allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct. At a press conference Saturday (February 23) following Kelly's bond hearing, Greenberg denied the allegations against his client, claiming, "He's a rock star, he doesn't have to have nonconsensual sex."
Kelly is due back in court on March 22.