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R. Kelly pleads not guilty in Chicago court


Cook County Sheriff’s OfficeMonday morning in a Chicago courtroom, R. Kelly appeared before Judge Lawrence E. Flood, and his attorney Steve Greenberg entered pleas of “not guilty” on his behalf.

Kelly appeared in an orange jumpsuit and black shoes, wearing a white band around his left wrist with handwritten numbers in black ink. A sheriff’s officer stood at each side of Kelly. 

Kelly was asked his name by the judge and answered, “Robert Kelly.”

Kelly nodded his head as Judge Flood read the charges against him. When asked if he understood that one of the the conditions of his bond is to refrain from contacting the victims, witnesses or anyone under the age of 18, Kelly responded, “Yes, sir.”

Kelly was advised by the judge that he must appear on each and every day of court, or the judge can sentence him if the case goes to jury, even if he is not present. 

Greenberg noted in court that he turned over Kelly’s passport into the clerk on Saturday.

His next court date is March 22.

Kelly remained in custody over the weekend, because he was unable to get the $100,000 he needed to post bail. Greenberg told reporters that because banks open on Monday, he is hopeful Kelly will be able to arrange the financing he needs.  He must pay 10% of his bond, which is set at a million dollars: $250,000 for each of the four charges against him.

Kelly is facing 10 counts of the aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four minor females.

Meanwhile, attorney Michael Avenatti, who is representing some of the victims, tweeted that he plans to provide a second video to prosecutors, which he claims shows “R. Kelly engaged in sexual assault of a minor.”  He’s already given one such video to prosecutors.

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