Judge sets $1 million bond for singer R. Kelly

Judge sets $1 million bond for singer R. Kelly Photo: Chicago Police

February 23, 2019 05:38 PM

A judge has set R&B singer R. Kelly's bond at $1 million.

Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. said during Saturday's hearing in Chicago that the amount equals $250,000 for each of the four people he's charged with sexually abusing.

Lyke called the allegations against Kelly "disturbing" during the hearing. The singer stared at the floor while the judge was speaking and looked dejected.

Related: R Kelly charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse

Kelly was booked Friday on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four female victims, including three who were between the ages of 13 and 17 at the time. Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx says the abuse dated back as far as 1998 and spanned more than a decade.

Kelly was tried and acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008 and has consistently denied any sexual misconduct. The 52-year-old Grammy winner's lawyer said he thinks the four people the R&B singer is charged with sexually abusing are all lying, and told reporters, "He is a rock star. He doesn't have to have nonconsensual sex." He also said Saturday that Kelly is trying to get the bond money together and hopes to get out of jail later Saturday.

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