Published: Tue, August 06, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

R. Kelly Reportedly Charged With More Sex Crimes in Minnesota

R. Kelly Reportedly Charged With More Sex Crimes in Minnesota

R. Kelly has been charged with two counts of prostitution with a person under 18, according to a press conference held in Minneapolis this afternoon.

Kelly is now facing state and federal charges in IL for sexual abuse and federal offenses in NY.

Per Variety, the courtroom was packed for the plea, including supporters of the singer wearing "Free R. Kelly" shirts, as well as live-in girlfriends Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary.

I would like to emphasize that my client is not a prostitute.

Freeman said there was no sexual intercourse between Kelly and the teenage girl, but he claims there was "dancing and sexual contact". He gave it to her along with a phone number and directed her to call. After settling on the amount, she agreed.

Kelly invited the underage girl to his concert that night by way of his guest list, placing her very close to the stage, according to the prosecutor.

She was then granted VIP access to one of his concerts, which was meant to be for adults 18 and over.

A representative for Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx in Chicago confirmed that the Minnesota charges resulted from a call to the tip line set up by the office in January.

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The New York indictment alleges Kelly for two decades ran a racketeering enterprise comprised of "managers, bodyguards, drivers, personal assistants and runners" who recruited women and girls for sex with Kelly and transported them around the country.

"It is despicable that Mr. Kelly used his fame in order to prey on underaged girls", Freeman stated. He pleaded not guilty to those charges Friday in federal court in NY and was denied bail, the Associated Press reported.

State charges out of IL accuse Kelly of sexual assault, and he faces multiple lawsuits from alleged victims.

Doug Anton, one of Kelly's attorneys, responded to the latest charges.

"When a top law-enforcement figure makes a public cry for the world to come and be famous by telling their sordid story, true or not, it inherently invites people to create revisionist history and put a different label on simple fan-rock star encounters", said Doug Anton.

Anton said he didn't know if Kelly had ever met the woman. Accusers were encouraged to come forward.

Kelly faces two counts of prostitution and solicitation involving a girl aged under 18. He was eventually found after a brief period where he was believed to be missing before pleading not guilty to his charges in New York City.

Of the five unnamed women referenced in the indictment, three were minors.

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