R. Kelly Pleads Not Guilty To Fresh Charges


R&B singer, R. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to five federal criminal charges brought against him by prosecutors on Friday.

The new alleged victim, referred to as Minor Six, was included as part of an updated federal indictment during an arraignment at a hearing in Chicago on Thursday.

The charges include child pornography, the sexual exploitation of children and conspiracy to defraud the US government, as well as the coercion or enticement of a female.

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According to prosecution counsel, Kelly is said to have met the girl in either 1997 or 1998 when she was 14 or 15-years-old. He is accused of engaging in sexual contact or sexual acts with her when she was under 18.

The indictment said Kelly “engaged in sexual contact and sexual acts” with Minor Six and four others when they were aged under 18. It also seeks to forfeit all assets from Kelly’s production company, Bass Productions Lt.

Prosecutor Angel Krull said they had seized more than 100 electronic devices, after carrying out a search warrant.

US District Judge Harry Leinenweber has pushed Mr Kelly’s trial date from 27 April to 13 October to allow for the inclusion of the new accuser and the updated indictment.

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