At a news conference at 2 pm Monday afternoon, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced two counts of charges against R&B singer R. Kelly of engaging in prostitution with a minor.
One Minnesota victim stated she was a fan who had seen him in downtown Minneapolis before a performance and asked for an autograph, which she received from Kelly, along with his phone number.
The fan called the number and she was instructed to meet him at his hotel, where she was greeted by a member of Kelly’s staff and escorted to his room.
Kelly paid the fan $200 to remove her clothes and dance. Kelly also removed his clothing and “sexual contact” then occurred.
Kelly, 52, is already facing 18 total related charges, including 2 federal charges which he pleaded not guilty to on Friday morning. Government attorneys agreed Kelly may be a flight risk and then denied him bail.
He has been accused victimizing at least 12 women, eight of which were minors in a time period that spans from 1998 to 2018.
Kelly and his team have been suspected of recruiting numerous women at his concerts around the world to be used in a form of sex trafficking.
Victims recall being told to remain in their rooms and needing permission before going to get food or visiting the restroom. They were also instructed to call Kelly “daddy.”
Kelly is also known for his close relationship with the aspiring 12-year-old singer, Aaliyah.
Under the disguise of helping launch her music career, it is thought likely he engaged in sexual activity with the young child, as he then married Aaliyah three years later, at just 15 years old. Kelly was 27.
That same year, Aaliyah released her debut album produced by Kelly titled, Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number.
In 2001, as alligations began surfacing against the R&B celebrity, Aaliyah was tragically killed in a plane crash on a private jet.
Due to the federal charges Kelly is facing in New York, Freeman does not know when Kelly will be available to face his charges here in Minnesota.