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

Posted August 07, 2019

As reported by TMZ, prosecutors are charging Kelly with two sex crimes: engaging in prostitution with somebody under the age of 18 and hiring someone for sexual contact. She did, he got naked, and they danced together, Freeman said, noting that afterward the girl got VIP seating at the singer's concert.

After money was exchanged they had sexual contact but not intercourse, Freeman claimed.

"It is despicable that Mr. Kelly used his fame in order to prey on underage girls", Freeman said in a news release.

Before his court appearance, his attorney stated Kelly went missing upon his arrival in NY. "This is beyond absurd". He pleaded not guilty to those charges Friday in federal court in NY and was denied bail, the Associated Press reported.

R&B singer R. Kelly, center, arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court building for an arraignment on sex-related felonies in Chicago.

According to the criminal complaint, on January 11, the victim reached out to law enforcement to report a sexual encounter with Kelly. The victim, an autograph seeker, was paid $200 to have sexual relations with the musician at his Minneapolis hotel, according to Paul Blume at Fox 9 in the city.

Last month in Chicago, the Ignition artist had 18 counts of serious sexual misconduct made against him.

According to reports, a press conference went down today and announced the alleged crime dates back to 2001.

Following his recent arraignment in NY, it was expected Kelly would return to Chicago, where he must attend a status hearing on September 4 in a case involving child pornography. He faced charges for making a sex tape with one young fan in the early 2000s, but was acquitted in 2008.

Kelly, 52, is already facing federal charges for allegedly sexually abusing women and girls who attended his concerts.

The 52-year-old is now being held without bail awaiting trial on charges of sexual assault, child pornography and obstruction of justice in Chicago and NY.

Soliciting a minor for prostitution can carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and/or a $40,000 fine under Minnesota law.

Freeman said "there was some talk" of the juvenile traveling to Chicago to see the singer, but when she tried to call Kelly, they had trouble connecting, and the phone number was soon changed.