R. Kelly posted bail Monday evening after spending the weekend in jail in Chicago on multiple charges of sexual abuse. Valencia Love, a 47-year-old woman who lives in suburban Chicago, paid 10 percent of Kelly's $1 million bond to free him after a weekend behind bars. Kelly remained in jail for days until a friend was able to post his $100,000 bond on Monday.
R. Kelly pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he sexually abused four females dating back to 1998, including three underage girls.
This comes after Avenatti previously gave prosecutors a VHS tape that allegedly showed Kelly and an underage teenage girl engaged in sexual activity.
Avenatti, who is reportedly representing a number of Kelly's accusers, has already supplied Chicago prosecutors with two sex tapes allegedly featuring Kelly having sex with a minor, and has suggested that a third tape exists.
Each count of the new charges carries up to seven years in prison, making it possible for Kelly to receive a sentence up to 70 years. Kelly eventually managed to produce the required amount and was released on Monday, and Don Russell, described by the Chicago Sun-Times as Kelly's friend and adviser, told the outlet that Love made it happen. The artist was escorted to a black van by his lawyer Steve Greenberg, and did not answer any of the media's questions.
The Savages have said they're requesting the help from the police department because Kelly's associates have threatened them and they fear for their own safety, according to TMZ.
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Greenberg has told the court that Kelly has no money to make bail, and that his recent history of unpaid rent and unpaid child support shows this. Kelly is being charged with 10 accounts of sexual abuse against four different women.
Following the allegations against Kelly, several stars have spoken out against him, including Lady Gaga and Celine Dion, who both pulled their collaborations with the rapper from streaming service in the wake of the claims.
In recent times, two women came forward at a press conference, accusing the singer of misconduct when they were 16 and 15 years old respectively.
Michael Avenatti, an attorney for one of the accusers, fired back at Greenberg, calling his statements "outrageous and completely unprofessional".
Prosecutors say Kelly's alleged victims include a teenager he met when she sought an autograph during his 2008 trial on child pornography charges, another he met at her 16th-birthday party and his hairdresser, who was then 24.
R Kelly is next scheduled to appear in court on 22 March. "We have substantial evidence that R. Kelly and his enablers purposely hid this tape from prosecutors in connection with his 2008 trial and obscured justice by paying witnesses to assist them in an effort to destroy all copies of the tape prior to the trial", the lawyer shared on Twitter.