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R Kelly Pleads Not Guilty, Leaves Jail After Finally Posting Bail

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R. Kelly is back on the streets.

The R&B star was released from jail Monday after finally making bail and pleading not guilty to charges he sexually abused four victims, including three minors.

The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer was first hauled into Chicago court dressed in an orange jumpsuit and entered the plea through his lawyer, Steve Greenberg.

Hours later, Kelly, 52, finally put up the $100,000 bond needed for his release. He was spotted leaving Cook County Jail at around 5:30 p.m.

On Friday, the Grammy Award winning singer surrendered to police after being indicted on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse. At his bond hearing on Saturday afternoon, a judge set his bond at $1 million. That amount equals $250,000 for each of the four people he’s charged with sexually abusing.

Greenberg told the judge at Kelly’s bond hearing that the embattled performer would have a hard time paying the 10 percent fee because his finances “are in a mess” and he owes nearly $170,000 in child support to his ex-wife Andrea Kelly.

Meanwhile, Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for two of Kelly’s alleged victims, said Monday he has turned over to prosecutors a second videotape that he claims shows a 14-year-old girl engaged in a sex act with the singer.

That video is about 55 minutes long and from 1999 or 2000, he said. Avenatti would not say whether both videos showed the same girl, but TMZ, quoting sources, reported that they did.

Avenatti said the girl in the second tape is among those Kelly is charged with abusing.

Kelly’s next court date is scheduled for March 22nd at 10am.

 

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