R. Kelly's Bail Set On Sexual Abuse Charges
An Illinois judge set a $1.4 million (US $1 million) bail for R&B artist R. Kelly, a day after he was charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse.
The 52-year-old Grammy winner turned himself in late on Friday and spent the night in jail before he was taken to the court house.
Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Junior said the bail amount equals US$250,000 for each of the four people Kelly is charged with abusing.
The bond requires Kelly to post US$100,000 to be released.
Kelly was also ordered to have no contact with anyone 18 years old or younger and was forced to surrender his passport, CBS Chicago reported.
A prosecutor told the judge that Kelly met one of the four accusers at his 2008 trial on child pornography charges.
The two met when he gave her an autograph, and the abuse occurred between 2009 and 2010. The accuser gave law enforcement a shirt that had Kelly's DNA on it, the prosecutor said.
Kelly is accused of abusing four victims, at least three of whom were underage, in incidents that date back to 1998. The most recent alleged abuse took place in 2010.
For decades, Kelly has faced allegations of sexual misconduct with underage girls, but had denied them. His attorney, Steve Greenberg, maintained Kelly's innocence and denied the allegations.
"Mr. Kelly is strong. He's got a lot of support. He's going to be vindicated on all these charges -- one by one if it has to be," Greenberg said in a news conference on Friday.