R KELLY’s lawyer today said all his accusers are lying after he was charged with ten counts of aggravated sexual abuse on underage girls.
The R&B singer, who has repeatedly denied wrongdoing, handed himself in to police in Chicago and was due to be held overnight before a bail hearing in court later today.
AP:Associated Press R Kelly, centre, made his way into a Chicago police station where he was arrested and charged with child abuse
Getty Images – Getty The R&B singer was led away in cuffs and is due to appear in court on Saturday
AP:Associated Press Police released this arrest mugshot of the star
After he surrendered, attorney Steve Greenberg said the singer was “an innocent man” and claimed a string of women had made up allegations he abused them as teenagers.
He told reporters: “Mr Kelly is strong. He’s got a lot of support and he’s going to be vindicated on all these charges.”
Asked about the accusers, the lawyer added: “I think all the women are lying, yes.
“This has become, ‘Hey, R Kelly — I can say R Kelly did something’ — boom.
“There was a press conference yesterday — ‘Oh, these two girls were assaulted by R Kelly!’ And the lawyer stood there with a picture of LL Cool J!”
He was referring to new claims he raped a 16 year-old fan while her friend hid in a hotel bathroom after he demanded a threesome.
He is extraordinarily disappointed and depressed. He is shellshocked by this.Steve Greenberg, attorney for R Kelly
That alleged incident in Baltimore is not included in the ten charges filed against the star last night.
Kelly, 52, is accused of abusing four victims — three of them aged from 13 to 17 — between 1998 and 2010.
If convicted he faces three to seven years on each count, said Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx.
The charges came after campaigning lawyer Michael Avenetti uncovered video that allegedly shows R Kelly having sex with a girl who says on camera she is 14.
Mr Greenburg said: “I don’t know what the tape is. We haven’t seen it. No one’s showed us the tape.”
He claimed prosecutors had bowed to public pressure following allegations in the Netflix documentary Surviving R Kelly.
He also said one of the charges appears to be linked to a decade-old case for possessing child abuse images.
The singer was acquitted in 2008 of having a tape that prosecutors claimed showed him having sex with a girl aged 13.
His lawyer said: “Double jeopardy should bar that case. He won that case.”
HARROWING ‘SEX TAPE’
Earlier Kelly was driven to a Chicago police station in a van with tinted windows before making his way through the gathered media – during which he refused to answer questions.
Mr Greenberg said Kelly was “extraordinarily disappointed and depressed” and adding: “He is shellshocked by this.”
Celeb lawyer Michael Avenatti – who says he represents two of R Kelly’s alleged victims – said the charges marked a “watershed moment”.
He said on Twitter: “It’s over. After 25 years of serial sexual abuse and assault of underage girls, the day of reckoning for R Kelly has arrived.”
Mr Avenatti said he began a thorough investigation last April after a “concerned parent” approached his office.
Last week he gave prosecutors an explicit 43-minute tape featuring a man “who appears to be R Kelly performing multiple sex acts with the girl”, CNN reported.
She and the singer refer to her age ten times, according to reports, and she calls him “daddy”.
The man allegedly asks the girl to urinate before he urinates on her, the broadcaster claims.
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Kelly has faced claims of sexual abuse for more than two decades.
The Surviving R Kelly documentary revealed harrowing accounts of his alleged abuse.
The programme claimed he ran an “abusive cult” in which he allegedly kept women captive.
Kelly’s lawyers dismissed the documentary as “another round of stories” being used to “fill reality TV time”.
Two women come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against R&B singer R Kelly
Getty Images – Getty R Kelly has been dogged by claims of sexual misconduct for decades
Splash News Part of the 36 page indictment issued by Chicago’s State Attorney’s Office detailing alleged assaults between 1998 and 2010
Reuters Campaigning lawyer Michael Avenatti said after Kelly was charged, saying ‘It’s over’
Dade County Police Dept Police mugshot of R Kelly from Dade County Detention Centre in 2003, when he was arrested on child abuse video charges
AP:Associated Press Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx says she was ‘sickened’ by the allegations after the latest documentary
AP:Associated Press Latresa Scaff, left and Rochelle Washington, posing in front of a picture of R Kelly on the night they claim he assaulted them
AP:Associated Press Latresa and Rochelle Washington with attorney Gloria Allred holding a picture of them as teenagers on the night they claim they were cornered by R Kelly in a hotel room
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