R. Kelly pleads not guilty during court appearance, remains jailed as supporters try to come up with $100,000 bail for sex abuse charges

Monday - 25/02/2019 12:38
R. Kelly / TMZ
R. Kelly / TMZ
During the brief hearing Judge Flood asked the defendant his name, and the singer replied, "Robert Kelly."

Sporting an orange jumpsuit, R. Kelly was back in a Chicago courtroom on Monday to plead not guilty and to find out who the judge would be for his sexual abuse trial.

Kelly, who remained behind bars over the weekend as lawyers and pals tried to make arrangements for his $100,000 bail, saw his case assigned to Cook County Associate Judge Lawrence Flood.

The Grammy-winning R&B singer is charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four females, including three who were underage. Kelly, acquitted of child porn charges in 2008, has denied wrongdoing.

"He's a rock star. He doesn't have to have nonconsensual sex," defense lawyer Steve Greenberg previously said.

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However, lawyer Michael Avenatti said Monday he has obtained a second video that he claims shows Kelly sexually assaulting a minor. Avenatti says he represents two victims of the singer and said he previously gave prosecutors video evidence of Kelly having sex with an underage girl.

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Kelly remains in jail, but could be released on bail on Monday or Tuesday, according to Greenberg. The lawyer added that coordinating the payment is complicated.

"He has to rely on others acting on his behalf," Greenberg said. "And it's just not that easy — because Kelly's in jail."

Greenberg had claimed his client is not a flight risk, telling the judge, "Contrary to the song, Mr. Kelly doesn't like to fly."

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One of Kelly's best-known hits is "I Believe I Can Fly."

The singer’s next court date is March 22.

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