Singer R. Kelly, who faces multiple sex abuse accusations, is asking a judge in Cook County, Illinois permission to perform overseas in Dubai. Court is set to begin 10:45 a.m ET/9:45 a.m. CT. The defense is also looking to receive discovery materials from the prosecution.
Kelly is charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in connection to the alleged assaults of three underage girls and one adult woman. Prosecutors said in a bond proffer that DNA evidence supports two cases, while footage exists to prove a third. This third case involves the alleged abuse of a girl identified as R.L. These incidents happened between September 26, 1998 and September 25, 2001, prosecutors said. Authorities claimed her aunt identified her as being in the footage.
Kelly and his representatives have denied the criminal allegations against him.
“He’s a rock star,” attorney Steven Greenberg said after the defendant’s bond hearing in February. “He doesn’t have to have non-consensual sex.”
“He’s a rock star. He doesn’t have to have non-consensual sex,” said R. Kelly’s lawyer Steve Greenberg in a press conference after judge sets Kelly’s bail at $1 million. https://t.co/8yZJr9ewUM pic.twitter.com/wJA3B3rjec
— CBS Chicago (@cbschicago) February 23, 2019
Claims of sexual misconduct have trailed Kelly for years. Records showed that he got married to the then-15-year-old singer Aaliyah in 1994, according to a 2000 report from The Chicago Sun-Times. He was indicted in 2002 after video allegedly showed him sexually abusing an underage girl, but he was acquitted in 2008. Family members of the alleged victim were split over whether it was her. Four said yes. Three said no.
A recent docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly, profiled women who said that Kelly was an abusive lover.
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