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R Kelly Pleads ‘Not Guilty’ To Sexual Abuse Charges in Court


Accuser’s attorney says there’s more video evidence against him

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

His lawyer entered the plea for the R&B star, who appeared in the Chicago court dressed in an orange jumpsuit.

The 52-year-old turned himself in to authorities on Friday after an arrest warrant was issued.

He has faced decades of sexual abuse claims without being convicted, and has denied all previous allegations.

His court appearance and plea comes weeks after the documentary series Surviving R Kelly aired. It contained allegations of abuse from many women including the star’s former wife.

But Kelly’s attorney said he doesn’t believe the accusers.
“I believe all the women are lying,” Greenberg said.
Avenatti fired back at Greenberg, calling his statements “outrageous and completely unprofessional.”

“Had these victims not been black, and had they not come from — in many cases — disadvantaged households,” their claims would have been taken more seriously, Avenatti said.He is being tried for sexual assaults alleged to have happened since 1998. He met one of the four women at a restaurant on her 16th birthday, and another – who was also 16 – when she asked for his autograph.

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The court ordered the singer, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, to surrender his passport and to have no contact with anyone under the age of 18.

He has reportedly struggled to pay the $100,000 bail payment required to leave Cook County Jail.

R Kelly mugshot

R Kelly is next scheduled to appear in court on 22 March.

Kelly’s surprising money problems go well beyond his inability to post bail.
He risked eviction from his Chicago studio last month because he owes more than $166,000 in unpaid rent.
Court documents show a judge signed an eviction order in January. The documents show Robert Kelly needed to move out on or before January 21, but Kelly was still at the studio minutes before he turned himself in to police on Friday night.
According to court documents reviewed by CNN, Kelly owed more than $169,000 in unpaid child support to his ex-wife as of February 6.
The court ordered Kelly to make a monthly payment of $20,833 on January 8, 2009, but Kelly failed to show up to that hearing, the documents state.
To avoid being held in contempt of court, a judge ordered Kelly to pay $161,663 by March 6.
Greenberg said his client “does not have to pay the child support before getting out” on bail.
On Saturday, Kelly’s bond was set at $1 million. To leave custody, he’d have to pay 10% of the total, or $100,000.