JUSTICE

R. Kelly Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Abuse Charges

R. Kelly’s attorney entered a not guilty plea on behalf of the disgraced singer who faces up to 14 years in prison. Kelly appeared in court for his Monday arraignment, and his next hearing was set for March 22. On Feb. 22, Kelly was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four victims. Three of the accusers were underage at the time of the alleged crimes. Kelly’s bond was set at $1 million, and in order to leave police custody, he’d have to pay 10 percent of the total, or $100,000. Kelly was unable to pay the bail and spent the weekend in jail. Kelly’s defense attorney, Steve Greenberg, has said they are making arrangements to pay the $100,000 bail as his client awaits trial. Among the conditions of his release, Kelly is not allowed to have contact with women younger than 18. On Sunday, Greenberg said that coordination of the bail payment is complicated, but he said Kelly could be released as early as Monday or Tuesday. Greenberg has said he doesn’t believe Kelly’s accusers. “I believe all the women are lying,” he said.