On Saturday, R. Kelly appeared before a judge in a Chicago courtroom to face charges that he sexually assaulted four women, three of whom were underage at the time of the alleged assaults.
Cook County Judge John Lyke set bail at $1 million: $250,000 bond for each of the four cases, ET Canada can confirm. According to Reuters, Judge Lyke called the allegations “disturbing,” and also ordered Kelly to have no contact with anyone under the age of 18. The bond requires Kelly to post $100,000 to be released.
Kelly, 52, was charged with a 10-count indictment on Friday, less than two months after the shocking allegations of numerous women were chronicled in Lifetime’s docu-series “Surviving R. Kelly”. Each of the 10 charges carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
As The Hollywood Reporter reports, Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, referenced one of the singer’s biggest hits when he told the judge that his client is not a flight risk. “Contrary to the song,” said Greenberg, “Mr. Kelly doesn’t like to fly.”
Kelly surrendered to authorities on Friday, with Greenberg telling reporters that prosecutors had “rushed to judgment” and that Kelly is “an innocent man.”
Lawyer Michael Avenatti, best known for representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her legal battle against President Trump, held a news conference on Friday, claiming he had obtained a videotape shot in the late 1990s in which Kelly is allegedly engaged in sexual behaviour with a 14-year-old girl.
Avenatti, who represents two of Kelly’s alleged victims, as well as two parents and two whistleblowers from the singer’s inner circle, told media that he had delivered the tape to authorities.
According to The Blast, Kelly’s girlfriend, Joycelyn Savage, was sitting in the front row of the courtroom during Kelly’s hearing on Saturday. While Savage’s family claims she is a victim of Kelly’s alleged sex cult, Savage maintains she is not being held against her will.