Kelly Charged With Sexual Crimes in Minnesota

R. Kelly right leaves Cook County Jail with his defense attorney Steve Greenberg Monday Feb. 25 2019 in Chicago

Singer R. Kelly, jailed in NY last month after he was charged in Brooklyn and Chicago with numerous sexual misconduct felonies, was charged on Monday in Minnesota with soliciting sex from a minor at a Minneapolis hotel room 18 years ago. When she did she was invited to the singer's hotel, where she was eventually brought to Kelly's room by an associate and offered $200 to take off her clothes and dance, which she did.

"This kind of conduct, particularly juveniles, is simply unacceptable in the state of Minnesota and frankly everywhere", Freeman said. The victim was not 18 at the time of the incident, as she would not have been allowed entrance to the 18+ show if she had a standard ticket.

Before his court appearance, his attorney stated Kelly went missing upon his arrival in NY. This is beyond absurd.

"We felt we had more than enough to charge based on her testimony and corroboration from her brother", Freeman - who did not provide a name for the alleged victim in Minneapolis - said.

The girl said that she discussed going to Chicago with Kelly but that the two lost contact after he changed the number he had given her, Freeman said.

Kelly also faces federal sex crime charges in NY and Illinois and sex assault and sex abuse charges in Cook County, Illinois.

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Attorney Gloria Allred says she's representing the woman in the new case. We are not disclosing her name and in the criminal filing she will only be called "the victim".

Kelly, 52, spent decades as one of the most successful hit-makers in R&B, despite constant rumors of a seemingly pathological attraction to underage girls. She called the woman "a child victim of Mr. Kelly" and said she showed courage to come forward. On Monday, Hennepin County, Minn. announced two criminal charges against the singer.

Sexual misconduct allegations have swirled for years around Kelly, whom federal prosecutors said last month was "emboldened by his fame and the lack of any real consequences". He added that there was no sexual intercourse between Kelly and the victim.

According to reports, the girl who has made the accusation was underage at the time of the incident.

Kelly maintains his innocence. Last week, the disgraced singer was in the news after his lawyer failed to locate him when he was transported from Chicago to NY.

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