Singer R. Kelly found guilty and charged with two counts of underage prostitution for 2001 allegations in Minnesota
US-based singer R. Kelly is now facing four sets of separate sex-crime charges after being charged with two more counts of prostitution and solicitation involving a girl under 18 years for an alleged incident in 2001 on Monday 5 August 2019 by Minneapolis, Minnesota authorities.
The new developments on R. Kelly were made at a news conference in Minneapolis by Hennepin County Attorney, Mike Freeman indicating that Kelly is being charged with two counts of prostitution and solicitation involving a girl under 18 for an alleged incident in 2001.
Freeman said Kelly’s sex crimes involved a young girl he met at a concert, who had thought an autograph from him and in addition to the autograph Kelly gave her a Phone number.
The girl was then invited to Kelly’s hotel after she called the number. On arrival at the hotel, this young girl was offered $200 to take off her clothes and dance, the prosecutor alleged.
He adds that Kelly too removed his clothes and started dancing with the girl.
“There was sexual contact between the two but no intercourse took place,” Freeman said.
Kelly is already facing multiple federal and state sex-crime charges in three separate indictments in the Eastern District of New York, in the Northern District of Illinois and Cook County in Illinois.
“It is despicable that Mr Kelly used his fame to prey on underage girls. While there are more numerous charges in the Illinois and federal cases, we wanted to make sure that our victim here in Minneapolis also receives a measure of justice. We fully expect that at some date, Mr Kelly will have to account for his actions in Hennepin County. “Freeman said.
In a media briefing, Freeman said his investigation in this matter followed a tip from a Chicago tip line.
“We felt we had more than enough to charge based on her testimony and corroboration from her brother. I don’t like buying sex from minors, and I don’t think most other people do either,” Freeman informed journalists.
According to criminal complaints, the woman contacted police in January the time Kelly’s film series “surviving R. Kelly,” streamed on lifetime to report an incident that happened on July 11, 2001, on Kelly’s concert day. She was 17 years old then.
Freeman said the three-year statute of limitation for such cases in Minnesota only applied if Kelly remained in the state, which he did not.
Steve Greenberg, Kelly’s defence attorney, through his twitter handle as regards the matter, said: “Give me a break. this is beyond absurd.”
However, the crusading attorney representing multiple Kelly accusers, Gloria Allred in an email addressed to USA Today said she represents the new accuser of Kelly whose identity she withheld.
And wanted to clarify that her client is not a prostitute despite the language of the charges against Kelly.
“I would like to emphasize that my client is not a prostitute. She is instead a child victim of Mr Kelly. My understanding from law enforcement in that state is that the only available for which Mr Kelly can be charged is the prostitution statute.”
As a result, Allred urged Minnesota to correct its laws against children to “more properly reflect crimes” stating that its current form may scare away victims for fear of being referred to as prostitutes.
“In its present form, some victims may be fearful of coming forward because they don’t want to be classified as prostitutes when nothing can be further from the truth,” Allred stated.
Besides, in March, the Detroit Police Department acknowledged that R. Kelly has another case to answer in Michigan state still under investigation.
In this case, Kelly is being accused of sexual assault against a 13-year-old girl in 2001 in Detroit.
Police Chief James Craig said that the Detroit police got a tip from Chicago Police.
However, in an email to USA Today, Allred also said that this girl who is an adult now is her client too.
She said she was interviewed by police and was willing to testify against Kelly, however, no charges have so far been filed in Michigan.