R Kelly Spends Second Night In Jail Because He Can’t Come Up With $100,000 Bond
R Kelly is reportedly spending another night in jail, as he is unable to pay the $100,000 bail.
The 52-year-old singer – whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly – was granted a $1 million bond in Chicago’s Leighton Criminal Court Building on Saturday (February 23) after being indicted and booked on ten counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse.
These alleged offences are said to have been committed against four women between the years 1998 and 2010, with three of the women being under the age of 17 when the alleged assaults took place.
According to the terms of the bond, Kelly has been ordered to turn in his passport and has been prohibited from being in contact with individuals who are under the age of 18. He as also been forbidden from contacting any of the alleged victims or witnesses in the case.
As reported by the BBC, Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. has imposed a $250,000 bond for each of these four alleged victims, having described the allegations as being ‘disturbing’.
In order to be released from jail, Kelly will need to pay just 10 per cent of the total bond amount.
However, as reported by MailOnline, Kelly’s legal team have requested a lower bond amount, on the basis that his finances have taken a hit partly due to him being dropped by his record label.
Kelly could be facing a maximum seven year prison sentence for each count if he is convicted, CNN reports.
Kelly has denied the accusations made against him. His attorney, Steve Greenberg, told reporters, ‘He [Kelly] is a rock star. He doesn’t have to have nonconsensual sex’.
Greenberg also told reporters, ‘He’s trying to get it together’ in reference to the bond in question.
According to the Chicago Sun Times, Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage were among Kelly’s supporters sat in the court gallery.
Clary and Savage’s parents have alleged the two women are living with Kelly against their will, with Clary allegedly ignoring her father’s attempts to speak with her in the courtroom.
Attorney Michael Avenatti made the following comments to the media after the hearing:
Their daughter [Clary] has been brainwashed by Mr. Kelly and his handlers.
I think it’s disgraceful that Mr. Kelly came here today — had his enablers and his handlers come here today — with an eye towards keeping their daughter from them.
They brought them here in an effort to send a message that all is well with Robert Kelly and there is nothing untoward about his conduct.
If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article and wish to speak to someone in confidence contact the Rape Crisis England and Wales helpline on 0808 802 9999 (12-2:30 and 7-9:30). Alternatively you can contact Victim Support on 08 08 16 89 111.
Male Survivors Partnership is available to support adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape. You can contact the organisation on its website or on its helpline – 0808 800 5005.
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