R. Kelly Appears In Court, Pleads Not Guilty To 11 New Counts Of Sexual Abuse
Kelly stood and listened to the judge describe the charges in a gray suit, with his hands folded in front of him
On Thursday morning, June 6, embattled R&B singer R. Kelly was arraigned before the court, pleading not guilty to 11 new counts of sexual abuse.
The singer, 52, arrived in court wearing a light gray suit and accompanied by his team for an arraignment on the charges brought forward last week by the Cook County State’s Attorney Office.
The total number of charges against him in Illinois has been brought to 21, including four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault. Each one carries a maximum prison term of 30 years.
Prosecutors did not ask the judge to raise the bond amount for Kelly during Thursday’s hearing in Cook County court.
Kelly stood and listened to the judge describe the charges in a gray suit, with his hands folded in front of him. When the judged asked if he understood, Kelly, responded, “Yes, sir.”
Kelly exited the courthouse about 20 minutes later without speaking to reporters. His lawyer, Chicago-based criminal defense attorney Steve Greenberg, echoed the sentiments he expressed last week: The charges are based on the “same case, same facts, same bond and same evidence” and therefore he expects it to yield “the same results” in Kelly’s favor.