R. Kelly’s Bond Set at $1 Million

Singer was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse

Last Updated: February 23, 2019 @ 1:44 PM

Following his surrender to Chicago police, R. Kelly’s bond was set at $1 million during his Saturday afternoon court appearance.

Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. forbade Kelly from having contact with anyone under the age of 18, and ordered the singer to surrender his passport if he posts the $100,000 bail, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Lyke is the same judge who presided over the bond hearing for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett earlier this week, USA Today reports.

Kelly turned himself in to authorities Friday night after he was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four accusers, between 1998 and 2010. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Kelly’s legal representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.

Prosecutors say that three accusers were under between the ages of 13 and 17 at the time of the offenses, and Kelly was more than five years older.

Kim Foxx, State’s Attorney for Cook Count, has said that Kelly is accused of incidents involving another accuser, identified as H.W., from May 26, 1998 to May 25, 1999. Those accusations resulted in an indictment on four counts.

According to Foxx, Kelly is accused of an incident with a second accuser, identified as R.L., between Sept. 26, 1998 and Sept. 25, 2001. Those accusations resulted in an indictment on two counts.

Kelly was indicted on three more counts for incidents prosecutors said involved another victim, identified as L.P., from May 1, 2009 and Jan. 31.

In the instance of a fourth accuser, identified by Foxx as L.C., an indictment on one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse was handed down based on transmission of semen on the body of the accuser for the purpose of sexual gratification. That incident, the prosecution said, occurred on Feb. 18, 2003.

The charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse is a Class 2 felony, Foxx said, carrying a sentencing range of three to seven years per count.

Although Kelly was acquitted on child pornography charges in 2008, sexual misconduct accusations involving the singer have continued to surface. The recent documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” has led to renewed scrutiny.