Cook County Sheriff’s OfficeR. Kelly is a free man, for now.
Monday night, the R&B crooner was released from jail after posting $100,000 in bail, ABC News affiliate WLS reports. In order to be released, Kelly had to pay 10% of his bond, which was set at a million dollars: $250,000 for each of the four charges against him.
As previously reported, the 12 Play singer was charged with 10 counts of felony criminal sexual abuse involving four female minors. The charges involve abuse on one occasion with one person, four occasions with the second, three occasions with the third, and two occasions with the fourth. Each of the occasions is charged as a separate count.
Monday, Kelly appeared before a Chicago judge and his attorney Steve Greenberg entered pleas of “not guilty” on his behalf. During his arraignment, the singer was ordered to refrain from contacting the victims, witnesses or anyone under the age of 18.
Kelly was also informed by the judge that he must appear on each and every day of court, or he will be sentenced if the case goes to jury, even if he is not present.
Meanwhile, another woman identified as Heather Williams has come forward to allege that Kelly sexually abused her at the age of 16 in 1998 and continued to abuse her into adulthood. Williams has filed a lawsuit against the singer in the Cook County Court and is seeking at least $50,000 in damages.
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