R. Kelly Released On Bail After Paying $100,000
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R. Kelly was released from custody on Monday afternoon after paying 10 percent, or a $100,000 bond, of his $1 million bail. Kelly spent the weekend in a Cook County jail after surrendering himself to law enforcement on Friday night. The Cook County Sheriff’s office confirmed to People magazine that he was indicted by a grand jury on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four alleged victims.
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Kelly has continued to deny all claims of abuse levied against him. The judge who ordered Kelly to be held on the $1 million bond amount said that the most recent set of allegations against the singer were “disturbing.” On Monday, lawyer Michael Avenatti, who recently claimed that he delivered a tape allegedly showing Kelly having sex with an underage girl to the authorities, said he will be handing in a second alleged sex tape to prosecutors. “I can confirm that we will be providing a second video showing R. Kelly engaged in sexual assault of a minor to prosecutors this morning. This tape was recently uncovered in connection with our ongoing nationwide investigation on behalf of victims. Justice must be done,” he tweeted. Avenatti is representing six clients taking action against Kelly. Two are alleged victims of Kelly’s, two are parents of alleged victims, and two are reportedly “whistleblowers” exposing his alleged pattern of behavior. He shared screenshots from the alleged tape on his Twitter account and discussed them during a press conference held on Friday. In the first tape Avenatti brought to prosecutors, Avenatti reported that both the alleged victim in the tape and Kelly clearly “refer to the victim’s age as 14,” in the tape more than 10 different times.

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“Repeatedly on the video, the young lady refers to Mr. Kelly as ‘Daddy,’” he stated during the press conference. “The video depicts Mr. Kelly engaged in oral sex with the young victim, both receiving as well as giving, as well as vaginal intercourse and anal penetration. There are also instances of Mr. Kelly urinating on the young girl on the videotape,” he added. The actions reportedly shown on the tape are eerily familiar to a previous a tape, allegedly showing Kelly and another underage girl that led to his 2002 arrest on child pornography charges. He was later acquitted of all charges, and denied he was in fact the man depicted on that tape. The trial, the events leading up to the trial, and the aftermath were explored in the recent Lifetime docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly.


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