Jailed R&B singer R Kelly seems to be busy behind bars. The controversial and largely disgraced entertainer has released a song in acknowledgement of his born day.
R. Kelly Releases Powerful Statement
On his 54th birthday, R. Kelly dropped the song. He went online with a snippet of it on his Instagram as well and thanked God for his life in the caption of his post. The lyrics in the track focus on the problems he’s currently going through.
Prison walls, however, were not enough to stop the Chicago-based artist from taking to social media on his 54th birthday, Jan. 8, to share a track written to address those who have confronted the artist about his alleged abuse of young women. Attached to a photo of the crooner holding several championship belts, Kelly, born Robert Kelly, uploaded one verse from his 2011 song, “Shut Up,”to Instagram Friday, speaking of a “tsunami of rumors” ruining his career. (Page Six)
R. Kelly Charged W/ Sex Crimes In Minnesota Connected To Teen Girl
The Chicago singer’s publicized legal woes continue to mount. Reports claim the crooner has been charged with a sexual crime involving an underage Minnesota girl. According to reports, a press conference went down back in 2019 and announced the alleged crime dates back to 2001.
The allegation follows a total of 18 counts of serious sexual misconduct and other charges brought against the singer last month in Chicago and New York, among other charges. Kelly is charged with two counts of engaging in prostitution with an individual under 18 years old and offering to hire for sexual purposes a person under 18, Hennepin County State’s Attorney Mike Freeman said during a news conference. 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. (Variety)
Judge Shuts Down Bail
The week prior, a judge shut down his request to get granted bail in a publicized New York sex crimes case.
R. Kelly was denied bail on racketeering and sexual abuse charges that allege he recruited young girls for sexual abuse at concerts across the country during an arraignment hearing in Brooklyn Federal Court on Friday morning. The singer, wearing blue prison togs over an orange shirt, pleaded not guilty to the charges through his attorneys. While he looked ahead through most of the hearing, he smiled and nodded briefly at girlfriends Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary, who were seated with two other family members. (Variety)
R. Kelly’s Lawyer Requests Bond
The same week, the Chicago native’s attorney filed a request to have him set free on bond.
Attorney Steve Greenberg filed a 12-page motion Thursday asking U.S. District Court Judge Harry Leinenweber to reconsider his decision to hold Kelly without bond pending his trial on numerous new federal chargesaccusing the 52-year-old of child pornography, enticement of a minor and obstruction of justice. “In this case, given Defendant’s lack of resources, willingness to submit to electronic monitoring, and lack of contact with minors, history of appearance, substantial monetary bond posted in State Court, and demonstrated ability to comply with bail restrictions, conditions could easily be fashioned,” Greenberg wrote in his motion. (WTTW)