(Reuters) – Singer R. Kelly, jailed in New York on a federal sex-trafficking indictment, was charged on Monday in Minnesota with soliciting intercourse from a minor at a Minneapolis lodge room after she sought his autograph in 2001.
FILE PHOTO: R. Kelly walks contained in the Felony Court docket Constructing as he arrives for a listening to on eleven new counts of felony sexual abuse, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., June 6, 2019. REUTERS/Daniel Acker
The 52-year-old R&B vocalist recognized for such hits as “I Consider I can Fly,” is accused within the Minnesota case of paying a 17-year-old lady $200 to take off her garments and dance for him, after which participating in sexual contact with the youth.
Hennepin County Legal professional Mike Freeman mentioned, nonetheless, that the sexual exercise didn’t embrace intercourse.
The Grammy-winning performer’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, posted a message on Twitter saying, “Give me a break. That is past absurd.”
Kelly already is dealing with a raft of sexual misconduct prices in two federal instances in New York Metropolis and Chicago and in a state case introduced in Cook dinner County, Illinois.
An indictment filed in federal courtroom in Brooklyn final month accuses Kelly of operating a felony scheme during which he recruited ladies and underage women to have intercourse with him, isolating them, and sometimes controlling what they ate and after they went to the toilet.
Kelly was charged individually in Chicago with having sexual contact with 5 minors and recording sexually specific movies of a few of them. He’s additionally accused of utilizing threats and bribes to silence his alleged victims.
In February, prosecutors in Cook dinner County, Illinois, charged Kelly with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of an underage sufferer.
The felony instances had been introduced after seven ladies, together with Kelly’s spouse, appeared on a Lifetime tv documentary in January accusing him of emotional and sexual abuse.
The performer has denied abuse allegations for many years. In 2008, he was tried on little one pornography prices and acquitted.
The Hennepin County prosecutor mentioned the singer remained in custody in New York, “so precisely the time he’ll come to Minnesota shouldn’t be clear.”
Reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; enhancing by Tom Brown and Invoice Berkrot