CHICAGO (BGM NEWS) — R&B singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to 10 charges of sexual abuse against four women when he appeared in court here Monday.
The not guilty plea was entered by Steve Greenberg, the singer’s attorney. Kelly has been in custody since last Friday, February 22, as he has not been able to post the $1M bond set by a Judge Saturday. He is required to pay $100, 000 representing 10 percent of the $1M bond to secure his release.
Kelly who is one of the most successful singers of all time is also reported to be in debt for child support and rent. The allegations against the singer include engaging in sex with several minors one of whom is alleged to have been 13 years old when the act was reportedly committed.
The singer who has been ordered to surrender his passport will not be able to have contact with females under the age of 18 once released. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 22.
Attorney Michael Avenetti who said he represents two of the accusers said he will be handing over video tape to prosecutors of Kelly allegedly having sex with a minor. Avenetta said he previously handed over similar tapes to prosecutors last week.
On Monday the Associated Press (AP) quoted Greenberg as describing the coordination of Kelley’s bail payment “as complicated.” The attorney was also quoted as saying he expects the singer to be released as early as Monday or Tuesday.
“He has to rely on people acting on his behalf, ” the attorney was reported as saying.