A Cook County, IL judge set the bail for R&B singer R. Kelly for $1 million — $250,000 for each of the four people he’s charged with sexually abusing — during a hearing in Chicago on Saturday. the news comes a day after the Grammy winner was arrested and booked on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse against four alleged victims, three of whom were underage at the time.
Kelly’s lawyer Steve Greenberg told reporters Saturday after the hearing that the four alleged victims were lying, the AP said.
Kelly, 52, attended the hearing Saturday. He voluntarily surrendered to Chicago police on Friday after a grand jury came down with the indictments, and he spent the night in jail. The counts are all Class 2 felonies in Illinois, including a probational offense that carries a potential sentence of 3-7 years.
The most recent spotlight on Kelly’s alleged sexual misconduct came after Lifetime earlier this year aired a documentary series Surviving R. Kelly, which featured alleged victims coming forward to detail his abusive past. After that, Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti came forward with a video allegedly showing Kelly involved in sex acts with a 14-year-old girl.
Kelly has posted bail after spending the weekend in a Chicago jail on sex abuse charges, authorities said Monday. Video at the scene showed the singer leave jail, amid a crowd of reporters, just before 5:30 p.m. Monday evening.
Kelly has denied the charges. Speaking to reporters Monday, Greenberg maintained Kelly’s innocence and said he hasn’t seen any videos and that he believes they do not depict Kelly.
“It’s our position at this point that Mr. Kelly has done absolutely nothing wrong,” Greenberg said. “No one has shown us any evidence that he’s done anything wrong.”