The R&B singer was in court in Chicago recently to answer to new sexual assault charges – he has pleaded not guilty
R Kelly has pleaded not guilty to a string of new sexual assault charges.
The R&B singer was in court in Chicago.
He arrived at the courthouse wearing a light grey suit with a white shirt and black and grey striped tie as well as sunglasses.
He was flanked by his team, including his attorney Steven Greenberg, as he made his way to the hearing, where he entered a not guilty plea.
Kelly is due to return to court at the end of the month.
He had been hit with 11 new felony charges relating to sexual assault and various abuse in Illinois.
The Cook County State Attorney’s Office charged him with five counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and two counts of criminal sexual assault.
TMZ reports that the legal documents state Kelly is accused of forcing contact between his victim and the alleged victim’s mouth and committing an act of sexual penetration.
The alleged incident happened in January 2010 when the alleged victim was under the age of 18.
Kelly’s crisis manager, Darrell Johnson, says the singer denied all accusations and maintains his innocence.
A legal representative for Kelly gave a statement to waiting reporters.
He said: “We’re with him and that’s why we’re here today. He’s getting ready and that’s pretty much all we can say.
“If I was facing 25 years, I’d be depressed, but if I knew I was innocent I wouldn’t be depressed, so that’s where we are.
Today’s hearing was separate from the 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse Kelly is facing in Cook County.
He has denied all allegations.