R Kelly remains in prison after complications over bail money


R Kelly remains in prison after complications over the payment of his $100,000 (£76,000) bail needed to free him ahead of a trial over sex abuse claims, his lawyer has said.

A bond-court judge on Saturday set bail for the R&B star at $1 million, with Mr Greenberg saying he was braced for the possibility that the total could be higher. The singer is required to pay 10 per cent of the total before he can be released. Asked about the payment on Sunday, Mr Greenberg said: “He has to rely on others acting on his behalf… And it’s just not that easy – because Kelly’s in jail.”

R Kelly was charged on Friday 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, one of his lawyers says the singer is “disappointed by the unsubstantiated allegations.”

Kelly turned himself in to Chicago police on Friday night after he was accused of “sexual penetration” of multiple women “at least 13 years of age but under 17 years of age,” per the indictment by the Cook County State’s Attorney. The age of consent in Illinois is 17 years old.

At a press conference Friday, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx detailed the charges against Kelly: Four charges stem from Kelly’s alleged incidents with an underage girl initialed “H.W.” between May 1998 and May 1999. Two counts were drawn from “R.L.,” who, while underage, had sexual encounters with Kelly between September 1998 to September 2001. The most recent counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, from May 2009 to January 2010, are “J.P.,” who was also underage.

“Rob is disappointed by the unsubstantiated allegations of behavior that portrays him as a monster by people with a pecuniary motive,” Brian Nix tells Rolling Stone. “He believes that the scripted documentary by Lifetime has created collusion between and amongst female friends who have been converted to victims.”