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If R. Kelly's convicted, his inner circle could be criminally liable: lawyer

If R. Kelly's convicted, his inner circle could be criminally liable: lawyer

Grammy-winning R&B singer R Kelly has pleaded not guilty in a Chicago courtroom to charges that he sexually assaulted three teenage girls and a woman in alleged incidents dating back to 1998.

Kelly's $100,000 bail is catching major heat and her business is now in jeopardy.

R. Kelly, whose full name is Robert Kelly, will remain incarcerated for now, as he has been unable to post bail.

Photos posted to Instagram show Kelly - wearing a coat, hood and sunglasses - eating French fries with his posse at the fast-food joint in downtown Chicago after being released.

Kelly has denied the charges and maintained his innocence. A trial looks set to occur later this year.

On Monday, Avenatti said that he had the second tape and that he was handing it over to prosecutors.

Kelly's next court date has been scheduled for March 22.

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Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for one of the accusers, said that Kelly "deserves to be locked up for the rest of his life".

A woman identified as Valencia Love has been revealed to be the person who posted the $100,000 bail for R. Kelly for his 10 counts of sexual abuse charge. To leave, he had to pay 10% of the total bond but he has failed to raise the money despite his lawyer's satisfaction with the bond.

Avenatti says he represents two Kelly victims and previously gave prosecutors video evidence of the singer having sex with an underage girl. Don Russell, who is also an adviser to the star, said Kelly and Love met on a Spirit of Chicago cruise on Lake Michigan in September. According to court documents, he was also ordered to make a monthly payment of $20,833 on January 8, 2009, but he failed to show up to that hearing.

On Tuesday, the lawyer shared a tweet detailing the alleged contents of the tape, including the claim that Kelly repeatedly referenced the 14-year-old victim's age and used graphic language.

Steve Greenberg told The Associated Press on Sunday that Kelly could be out as early as Monday, but he added that others have to act for him and the coordination is complicated because Kelly is behind bars.

Each of the 10 charges carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

The indictments follow the rise of the #MuteRKelly movement, hometown protests and the release of the Lifetime six-hour documentary series "Surviving R. Kelly", which brought decades of abuse allegations against Kelly to millions of viewers. "I hope every parent pulls their child from her daycare", one twitter user wrote.


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