R. Kelly appeared in court in Chicago Monday and his attorney entered a not guilty plea to sex abuse charges against the singer. He posted bond Monday afternoon and is expected to be released from Cook County Jail before 5 p.m.
At his court appearance, Kelly wore an orange jumpsuit and held his hands behind his back during the proceedings. Kelly’s case has been assigned to Judge Lawrence Flood and his next court date is scheduled for March 22.
Kelly is facing ten counts of aggravated sexual abuse with four alleged victims including three underage girls. The Grammy-winning artist has sold more than 40 million albums in his career.
He has yet to post his $100,000 bail, and his attorney said he needs to sort out his finances. Kelly is expected to bond out of jail Monday.
“Our position at this point is that Mr. Kelly has done nothing wrong,” said Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg. “No one has showed us any evidence that he has done anything wrong.”
Greenberg said Monday he is not worried about additional charges coming against his client and has not seen anything that leads him to believe his client has done anything wrong.
Attorney Gloria Allred pushed back against R. Kelly’s lawyer’s assertion that the women who have accused the R&B singer of sexually abusing them are lying.
Allred said at a news conference Monday in Los Angeles that she represents more than six women who say they were abused by Kelly.
One of them, Lizette Martinez, said at the news conference that she met Kelly at a shopping mall when she was 17 years old and that he abused her from 1995 until 1999.
When asked why she decided to come forward, Martinez said, “I’m a mom. I have a daughter. I felt like I had to be transparent and vocal about what happened to me to save others. I was hurt as a young girl. I don’t want this to continue to happen, or to happen to anyone else.”
Allred also said Kelly’s accusers have been subjected to abuse by the singer’s fans.