Bryan Alexander and Sara M Moniuszko
Published 12:20 PM EST Feb 24, 2019
R. Kelly remained behind bars Sunday, two days after being charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four people Friday, unable as of yet to post $100,000, or 10 percent of his $1 million bond required for release.100,000 bail required for his release.
Records on the website for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office show that the 52-year-old singer is still in custody and has a court hearing scheduled for Monday. At that time, a judge will be assigned to his case and he’ll have the opportunity to enter a plea, reported The Chicago Tribune’s Megan Crepeau and City Bureau’s Kim Bellware.
Kelly’s defense attorney, Steve Greenberg, did not immediately respond to a request from USA TODAY as to whether or when he might make bail. However, he told a judge that the singer’s finances are “a mess” during the singer’s bond hearing on Saturday.
That judge happened to be John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr., the same jurist who presided over “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s bond hearing earlier this week.
During the hearing, Greenberg denied Kelly was a flight risk, saying, “Contrary to the song, Mr. Kelly doesn’t like to fly,” paraphrasing the lyrics of Grammy-award winner’s hit “I Believe I Can Fly.”
Lyke called the allegations against Kelly “disturbing” and said the bail amount equals $250,000 for each of the four people Kelly is charged with abusing. The singer stared at the floor as the judge spoke.
A prosecutor told the judge Kelly met with one of the people he’s charged with sexually abusing during his 2008 child pornography trial. The accuser gave law enforcement a shirt that had Kelly’s DNA on it, the prosecutor said.
Kelly, who was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008, has consistently denied any sexual misconduct.
Some of the charges stem from a newly discovered video found by attorney Michael Avenatti that allegedly shows Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old girl, according to a copy of the indictment obtained by USA TODAY.
Kelly, 52, surrendered to police at 8:15 p.m. Friday night, hours after being charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
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Contributing: Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY