Update: R. Kelly was unable to pay the $100,000 bail for his release, but his attorney states he is aiming to have the money to be released Sunday, before returning to court Monday. Attorney Greenberg told reporters Saturday, “He’s trying to get it together” before admitting his finances are not in an ideal situation.
Greenberg would go on to state that R. Kelly is a “rockstar” and does not have to fore girls into sex, by alluding that all the women had consensual sex with the singer. However, the girls who he did have sex with were not of consenting age in Illinois, thus still being considered statutory rape.
Apparently #RKelly isn’t posting bond tonight, so he’ll be a guest of Cook County, with its traditional continental breakfast of two bologna sandwiches. Kudos to @crepeau and all the other soggy journalists who waited at the fence in the rain.
— Jason Meisner (@jmetr22b) February 24, 2019
Original Story: R. Kelly turned himself into the South booking of the Chicago Police Department Friday evening (Feb 23). After spending the night in jail, Kells had his bond hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building resulting in bail for $1,000,000, broken down as $250,000 per indictment.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports during the hearing, prosecutors presented evidence that connects the DNA of R. Kelly to two of the women he allegedly abused during a rate range of 1998 to 2008.
Details from inside the courtroom reveal Kelly stared at the ground while the Jennifer Gonzalez, Assistant State’s Attorney, read off the details of the allegations. Of the $1,000,000 bail amount, the troubled singer would have to offer $100,000 to be a free man before the trail started. Steven Greenberg, attorney for Kelly, stated he will post the amount Saturday evening, however, he would have to give up his passport and is not supposed to have any type of contact with anyone under the age of 18.
Details that were read in court today are revealed on the timeline and state R. Kelly forced sexual contact with girls, along with additional graphic details.
Here are the allegations against R. Kelly that prosecutors read in court in his sexual abuse case. Warning: details are graphic. pic.twitter.com/fun8eL51Bn
— Nader Issa (@NaderDIssa) February 23, 2019
Appearing in court today were the two ladies who were highlighted in the final installments of the Surviving R. Kelly documentary, Jocelyn Savage and Azriel Clary, who have been stated to have been isolated from their families.
Jocelyn Savage (left) & Azriel Clary walk into the Leighton Criminal Courthouse for R. Kelly’s first court appearance following his arrest on charges he sexually abused four people, including three underage girls https://t.co/DWWV41FHdE pic.twitter.com/JwYz7M54V7
— Ashlee Rezin (@Ashlee_Rezin) February 23, 2019
R. Kelly is scheduled to be back in court on Monday.