Rapper R. Kelly Arrested And Charged With Sexual Abuse—Four Victims Step Forward
This week has not been a good one when it comes to celebrities. News from Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyle, Jr. confirms that R&B rapper R. Kelly has indeed been arrested and charged on ten different counts of criminal sexual abuse.
On Saturday the Chicago judge offered R Kelly a chance to be released, setting a $1 million bond for the rapper while awaiting his upcoming trial on four charges of sexual abuse. Judge Lyle described the alleged behavior that Kelly is being charged with as "disturbing" and explained that the amount of bail is equal to $250,000 for each the four sexually abused individuals involved in the case. Consequently, Kelly, a Chicago native himself, will have to post $100,000 of his own money before being released from custody.
Lyle, as fate would have it, is the same judge that oversaw "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett's, recently in the news for fabricating a false report of a personal attack on his self, bond hearing that occurred early this same week. Per the judges bond ruling, Kelly is banned from having any type of contact with anyone younger than 18-years-old.
During the Saturday bond hearing, which only took 17 minutes to conduct, prosecutors laid you the case facts against Kelly. Also present in the courtroom for the proceedings were several relatives of those individuals that Kelly allegedly abused.
Robert Kelly, known in the music world as R&B rapper R. Kelly, was arrested on Friday and charged with ten counts of criminal sexual abuse between 1998 and 2010, allegedly perpetrated upon at least three victims who were underage. If convicted, each account can carry a maximum of up to seven years of prison time. The current charges confirm decades worth of rumors and allegations that Kelly was abusing both women as well as underage girls.
Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, commented on the allegations stating: “He is a rock star. He doesn’t have to have nonconsensual sex.” Greenberg went on to state that he thought “all the women are lying.”
After DNA was obtained from the shirt of one of Kelly’s accusers, DNA samples from another accusers shirt was sent for testing. DNA from the first accuser was indeed confirmed to be a match to Kelly. Also, prosecutors stated that have a video of yet a third accuser that shows the R.Kelly having intercourse with the then 14-year-old victim. The fourth accuser said that Kelly tried to force her into performing a sex act on him and that she was 24-years- old at the time.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Do you think R. Kelly is in actuality guilty of the ten counts of sexual abuse that he has been brought up on?