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R&B star R. Kelly pleads not guilty to sexually assaulting teens

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Angelica Greene | 26 February, 2019, 03:17

R. Kelly is set to appear in court again on Monday after spending the weekend in jail following his indictment on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse based on allegations that he abused four victims. The singer has been in jail since he turned himself in to authorities late Friday.

His lawyer Steve Greenberg had said on Saturday that Kelly was not as rich as his fame would suggest. According to TMZ, "nine of the ten counts involve alleged victims ranging in age from 13 to 16 years old".

If found guilty, the singer could face 15 years in prison. Greenberg also argued that Cook County State's Attorney Kimberly Foxx indicted Kelly because she was "succumbing to public pressure".

R. Kelly met one of his alleged sexual abuse victims at her sweet 16 birthday party.

Greenberg reiterated at the news conference that his position is that Kelly has done nothing wrong and said no one has shown him any evidence to the contrary.

Kelly would need to post $100,000, or 10 percent of the total bail amount, to go free.

Handout. / Reuters Singer Robert Kelly, known as R. Kelly, is pictured in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., in this handout booking photo obtained by Reuters February 23, 2019.

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"The videotape depicts Mr. Kelly engaged in illegal sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl".

Musician R Kelly has pleaded not guilty to 10 charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four females, three of whom were minors at the time.

Last month's release of an explosive docu-series entitled "Surviving R. Kelly" once again brought accusations against him to the fore, however, while a #MuteRKelly movement aimed at preventing his music from airing has gained steam.

R. Kelly also has other financial woes that may prevent him from having enough money to post bail.

The actions reportedly featured in the tape echo that of a similar act featured in a sex tape allegedly showing Kelly and another underage girl that led to his 2002 arrest on child pornography charges.

Greenberg told Associated Press Kelly could be released on Monday or Tuesday, and earlier this week he cited "mismanagement, ' 'hangers-on, ' and 'bad deals" as reasons he 'doesn't have any money at this point'. "I think all the women are lying", he told a group of reporters, according to CBS Chicago.

Kelly surrendered to Chicago police shortly after 8 p.m. Friday at the Central District Police Station and spent the night in lockup.

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