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R. Kelly Remains In Jail After Being Charged With Sexually Abusing 4 Victims, Including 3 Underaged Girls

Kelly stayed in jail throughout the weekend, apparently unable to pay his $100,000 bail.

R. Kelly turned himself in to police Friday night after being charged with 10 counts of criminal sexual abuse.
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CHICAGO — Singer R. Kelly remained in jail Monday morning, apparently unable to pay $100,000 for bail.

Kelly was charged Friday with sexually abusing four people and turned himself in, prosecutors said. At his bond hearing, prosecutors said he’d abused three underaged girls — including one who he met at her 16th birthday party — over the course of years and raped a woman.

Kelly was still in jail as of Monday morning. He is due back in court later Monday.

In one case, an underage girl went up to Kelly during his 2008 trial for child pornography and asked for his autograph, prosecutors said in court documents. The girl told Kelly her age and he invited her to his home in suburban Olympia Fields.

The girl, then 16, went to Kelly’s home and, on multiple occasions between May 2009 and January 2010, the two had vaginal and oral sex, prosecutors said. Kelly allegedly spit on the girl, slapped her and choked her during the encounters, prosecutors said.

The girl saved a shirt she’d been wearing when Kelly ejaculated on her and gave the shirt to the Olympia Fields Police Department, which submitted it for DNA testing, prosecutors said. Semen was found on the shirt.

Kelly met another one of the alleged victims at her 16th birthday party, prosecutors said. Kelly’s manager gave the singer’s business card with his personal number on it to the girl and told her Kelly wanted her to call him, prosecutors said. The girl’s mother told the manager her daughter was only 16 and took the card away, but her daughter later took the card back from her mother’s purse.

After that, the girl called Kelly, who told her to secretly take a cab to his studio when she was supposed to go to school, prosecutors said. At the studio, Kelly had vaginal and oral sex with the girl, prosecutors said; afterward, his receptionist gave the girl money. The two allegedly had similar sexual encounters roughly once a month from May 1998 to May 1999.

In 2001, an unnamed witness was asked by Kelly and his associates to retrieve a video that showed Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old girl, prosecutors said. The witness got the video, watched it and eventually gave it to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

The video — recorded at some point between September 1998 and September 2001 — shows Kelly having oral and vaginal sex with the girl, who repeatedly says she is 14 years old, prosecutors said.

Attorney Michael Avenatti, who gave the video to prosecutors, has said this video is different than the one that led to Kelly being charged with child pornography in 2002.

The fourth alleged victim described in court documents was a 24-year-old woman who was a hairdresser for Kelly. In February 2003, the woman was waiting in a room for Kelly when he came in and said he wanted his head massaged. Kelly pulled his pants down and pointed to his penis, prosecutors said.

Kelly then grabbed the woman’s head and tried to force her mouth onto his penis, but the woman resisted, prosecutors said. Kelly masturbated, ejaculated on the woman and spit in her face multiple times, prosecutors said.

The woman gave her shirt to Illinois State Police for DNA testing and they found semen that matches Kelly’s profile, prosecutors said.

Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, said the singer has “always followed the law” in a statement on Twitter earlier this month.

Renewed attention has been focused on Kelly following the release of a six-part docuseries, “Surviving R. Kelly,” in which alleged victims discuss the singer’s involvement with underage girls.

After the docuseries came out, Foxx said families of some missing women who are linked to Kelly reached out to her office. She encouraged alleged victims of Kelly’s to come forward and speak to prosecutors.

Kelly’s Near West Side recording studio was also searched by city inspectors, who said there was evidence people were illegally living there. The singer moved out of the studio last week.