R. Kelly charged for sex crime with underage girl in Minnesota

R. Kelly

R Kelly has been plagued by multiple allegations made against him across the last two decades, but the "Ignition" star has now been charged with prostitution and solicitation involving a girl under 18 by Minnesota police.

According to the criminal complaint, the girl, who has not been named, first met Kelly on July 11, 2001, when she approached the singer for his autograph outside of a Minneapolis venue. At that point, the county alleges, Kelly offered the girl $200 to dance for him naked.

The charges were announced at a press conference Monday afternoon by Mike Freeman, the attorney for Hennepin County, an area that includes Minneapolis. "She was a juvenile at the time".

Steve Greenberg, the outspoken attorney that has stood by Kelly's side for months, has already chimed in on the new charges, calling them "beyond absurd".

Last week, a judge shut down his request to get granted bail in a publicized NY sex crimes case.

The alleged victim is being represented by Gloria Allred. My hope is that in the future, the Minnesota legislature will review that law and consider changing it to more properly reflect crimes that are committed against children.

Freeman said there was no "sexual intercourse" between Kelly and the victim, but there was "dancing and sexual contact".

The alleged victim's older brother was also at the concert and was surprised to see her in attendance, let alone close to the stage.

Hennepin County's court computer network was not working Monday, meaning the charging documents against Kelly were not yet accessible.

In addition to the pair of federal indictments and today's charge in Minnesota, Kelly is also facing 40-70 years in prison in IL stemming from state charges of aggravated sexual abuse brought against him back in February.

NPR reports that Freeman acknowledged that Kelly may never go to trial for the Minnesota case because the federal cases will be tried first, and more than likely, those two cases will overlap.

The criminal cases were brought after seven women, including Kelly's wife, appeared on a Lifetime television documentary in January accusing him of emotional and sexual abuse.

Kelly was charged separately in Chicago with having sexual contact with five minors and recording sexually explicit videos of some of them.



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