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R. Kelly charged with sexual misconduct in Minnesota

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The singer, who is already facing heat for earlier indictments, has been charged for allegedly paying an underage girl to strip and then grope her in the Minnesota city in 2001, state prosecutors announced, worldwide reports stated.

FILE PHOTO: R. Kelly walks inside the Criminal Court Building as he arrives for a hearing on eleven new counts of criminal sexual abuse, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., June 6, 2019.

"Some might say, 'Aren't you piling on [against Kelly], he's got federal charges in NY, state charges in Cook County [Illinois] and elsewhere", Freeman said.

Kelly pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges of racketeering and violating federal laws prohibiting sex trafficking.

Freeman said there was no sexual intercourse between Kelly and the teenage girl, but he claims there was "dancing and sexual contact".

Last week, a judge shut down his request to get granted bail in a publicized NY sex crimes case.

Kelly allegedly offered the girl the money to take her clothes off and dance. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says Robert Kelly is charged in an incident involving a girl he met at a promotional event ahead of one of his performances. The victim was not 18 at the time of the incident, as she would not have been allowed entrance to the 18+ show if she had a standard ticket.

Kelly has remained in custody since July, awaiting trial on the 13-count indictment.

The criminal cases were brought after seven women, including Kelly's wife, appeared on a Lifetime television documentary in January accusing him of emotional and sexual abuse. In my view, too many prosecutors are ignoring victims.

Kelly has been charged with two sex crimes: engaging in prostitution with someone under 18, and hiring/offering/agreeing to hire someone for sexual contact. "Because he left the state, the statute doesn't [end] until he returns to the state, and there's no indication that he's been in Minnesota for [a duration of] three years, then we have a case".

Kelly's lawyer, Steve Greenberg, tweeted: "Give me a break". He faced charges for making a sex tape with one young fan in the early 2000s, but was acquitted in 2008.

"All we know is that yet another person has come forward either by their own desire or by being dragged in to the fray by prosecutors looking to make a name for themselves".

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