R. Kelly spends the night in jail in Chicago after failing to post 10 percent of his $1 million bond


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CHICAGO — R. Kelly spent Saturday night in Cook County Jail after failing to post 10 percent of his $1 million bond, according to WGN.

Bond payments could be made starting at 9 a.m. Sunday. Defense attorney Steve Greenberg said he expected Kelly to post bond, though the singer "really doesn't have any money."

"This is someone who should be wealthy," Greenberg said Saturday, noting that Kelly has lost money to mismanagement and bad contracts over the years. "I don't even think he owns the rights to 'I Believe I Can Fly.'"

Kelly was dropped from his record label and is behind on child support and rent.

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Prosecutors at the Leighton Criminal Court Building laid out their case against Kelly on Saturday — detailing abuse allegations that span 12 years and involve four separate victims.

Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. called the accusations “disturbing” before setting bail at $1 million. Kelly, 52, needs to post $100,000, or 10 percent of the total bail amount, to go free.

Should he be released, the judge ordered, Kelly is banned from contact with minors. He must also surrender his passport.

Kelly has court planned for Monday. He is charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Each carries a possible sentence of three to seven years; probation without prison time is also an option.

Kelly met the first of the four victims in this case in May 1998 as the girl celebrated her 16th birthday at a restaurant, according to prosecutors. Kelly’s manager gave the girl a business card with the singer’s phone number on it.

The girl soon visited Kelly’s Near West Side studio at 865 N. Larrabee St., where Kelly had sex with the girl despite “difficulty maintaining an erection,” Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said. The teen was sent home with an envelope of money.

Prosecutors allege similar encounters happened monthly for a year.

Foxx said the second victim in this case was 14 years old when she was videotaped having sex with Kelly at his Olympia Fields home. A witness was asked to retrieve the tape in 2001 and later gave it to authorities.

In the video, prosecutors said, the girl repeatedly tells Kelly she’s 14.

The third victim was a 24-year-old hairdresser who worked for Kelly in February 2003 when he attacked her inside his Near West Studio, prosecutors allege.

Kelly is accused of trying to force the woman to perform oral sex before masturbating in front of her, ejaculating on her and spitting in her face multiple times.

Semen on the woman’s shirt was a match to Kelly’s DNA, according to Illinois State Police.

Prosecutors allege Kelly met the final victim in this case, a 16-year-old girl, outside a Chicago court hearing in 2008. Kelly was on trial for child pornography at the time; he was later acquitted of all charges. The girl wanted Kelly’s autograph.

Foxx said the two had a sexual relationship that lasted several months. Kelly is accused of spitting on the girl, slapping her and choking her.

A 6-part Lifetime documentary called “Surviving R. Kelly” recently catapulted the singer back into the spotlight. In the show, alleged victims and Kelly’s close friends accuse the singer of abuse, predatory behavior and pedophilia.

"Everything in that documentary was a rehash of things they’ve known for years," Greenberg said. "The police have investigated, the prosecutors investigated. The jury heard [it], and everybody rejected it."

Last month, Foxx made a public plea for victims to come forward, calling the allegations against Kelly "sickening."

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