A lawyer for R. Kelly says the singer may not post bail until Monday or Tuesday.
On Sunday, the singer’s defense attorney, Steve Greenberg, told the Associated Press that Kelly is capable of making his bail payment of $100,000 – or 10 percent of his $1 million bond. But Greenberg said others have to act for Kelly, and the coordination is complicated because Kelly is behind bars.
“He has to rely on others acting on his behalf,” Greenberg explained, “and it’s just not that easy – because he’s in jail.”
Kelly has been in jail since Friday night, when he surrendered following his indictment on charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four people. According to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office website, he is being housed in Division 8 of the 7,000-inmate facility. Chicago defense attorney Joseph Lopez told the Associated Press that is where inmates at risk for harm from the general population are held.
Bond can be paid by credit card or cash. But if Kelly is planning on writing a check to cover the $100,000, he’s going to have to cool his heels until his financial institution can confirm to court officials that he has the funds available to cover that amount, Lopez said.
During the singer’s bond hearing on Saturday, Greenberg told the judge that the singer’s finances are “a mess” and argued that Kelly isn’t wealthy despite decades of songwriting success. He attributed his client’s financial woes on mismanagement, bad contracts and other issues.
Kelly has a court appearance scheduled for Monday, when a judge will be assigned to oversee his case and he’ll have the opportunity to enter a plea, reported The Chicago Tribune’s Megan Crepeau and City Bureau’s Kim Bellware.
Attorney Michael Avenatti tweeted Monday morning that a “second video showing R. Kelly engaged in sexual assault of a minor” would be released to prosecutors. Citing indictment documents, USA TODAY previously reported that some of the charges stemmed from a newly discovered video found by Avenatti.
I can confirm that we will be providing a second video showing R. Kelly engaged in sexual assault of a minor to prosecutors this morning. This tape was recently uncovered in connection with our ongoing nationwide investigation on behalf of victims. Justice must be done.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) February 25, 2019
“This tape was recently uncovered in connection with our ongoing nationwide investigation on behalf of victims,” Avenatti continued.
Kelly’s $1 million bail was set by John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr., the same judge who handled “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s bond a day earlier. Greenberg later told the AP that he had prepared himself for a figure higher than that but was “pleased” with that sum.
Lyke, who forbade Kelly from having contact with women under the age of 18, called the allegations against the singer “disturbing” and said the bail amount equals $250,000 for each of the four people Kelly is charged with abusing. The singer stared at the floor as the judge spoke,
A prosecutor told the judge Kelly met with one of the people he’s charged with sexually abusing during his 2008 child pornography trial. The accuser gave law enforcement a shirt that had Kelly’s DNA on it, the prosecutor said.
Kelly, who was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008, has consistently denied any sexual misconduct.
During a press conference after the hearing, Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx provided more details on the accusers, which include Kelly’s then-24-year-old hairdresser, two 16-year-olds and one person who was 14 years old at the time of the first alleged incident. The multiple alleged criminal acts of sexual assault date back to 1998.
Greenberg rejected the allegations to reporters Saturday, saying, “He is a rock star. He doesn’t have to have nonconsensual sex.”
Kelly, 52, surrendered to police at 8:15 p.m. Friday night, hours after being charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Greenberg has denied Kelly is a flight risk, telling the bond judge, “Contrary to the song, Mr. Kelly doesn’t like to fly,” paraphrasing the lyrics of Grammy-award winner’s hit “I Believe I Can Fly.”
Source: Bryan Alexander and Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY
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