Singer R Kelly pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges

R. Kelly’s mugshot

The singer was indicted last Friday in Cook County, Ill. Avenatti told CBS News this month he got the first tape from someone who knows both Kelly and the alleged victim "extremely well".

His next court hearing is scheduled for March 22.

After a dramatic trial, he was acquitted in 2008 of charges of child pornography, also in Chicago.

Surviving R Kelly, which originally aired on U.S. channel Lifetime in January covers a host of allegations against the star, including his marriage to 15-year-old singer Aaliyah, rumours of a "sex cult" and details of both sexual and physical abuse, told by a number of stars including his ex-wife Andrea Kelly.

Though there is photo and video evidence of Kelly with these girls, Greenberg says that the photos hold no weight.

"Unfortunately, the state's attorney has now succumbed to public pressure", Greenberg continued. R. Kelly, however, remains in jail as he is unable to pay the bail.

The video was about 55 minutes long, dated from around 2000 and also showed a 14-year-old girl, though he did not make clear whether it was the same girl as in the first video. Prosecutors allege that he sexually abused four women, including three minors, between 1998 and 2010.

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This tape is in addition to a recent, 45-minute tape in the hands of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which allegedly features R. Kelly and a 14-year-old girl having sex.

"I think all the women are lying, yes", Greenberg said when Kelly turned himself in.

"It's our position at this point that Mr. Kelly has done absolutely nothing wrong", Greenberg said.

A bond court judge on Saturday set bail at $1 million, requiring the Grammy Award-winning singer to pay 10 percent. R&B star R. Kelly was taken into custody after arriving Friday night at a Chicago police precinct, hours after authorities announced multiple charges of aggravated sexual abuse involving four victims, including at least three between the ages of 13 and 17.

Despite his release, he could go back as early as next week if he doesn't pay his ex-wife, Drea Kelly.

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kelly also owes a Georgia property management company more than $31,000 in past due rent payments for two homes in suburban Atlanta. He told the judge, "Contrary to the song, Mr. Kelly doesn't like to fly".

Charging Kelly now for actions that occurred in the same time frame as the allegations from the 2008 trial suggests the accusers are cooperating this time and willing to testify.

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