R. Kelly Fails To Make Bail, Remains in Jail


R. Kelly remains in jail after complications over the payment of his $100,000 (£76,000) bail needed to free him ahead of a trial over sex abuse claims, his lawyer has said.


The singer, 52, hoped to walk out of the Chicago prison where he is being held over the weekend but defence lawyer Steve Greenberg said arranging the payment was “not that easy”.

A bond-court judge on Saturday set bail for the R&B star at $1 million, with Mr Greenberg saying he was braced for the possibility that the total could be higher.

The Grammy Award-winning singer is required to pay 10 per cent of the total before he can be released.

When asked about the payment on Sunday, Mr Greenberg said: “He has to rely on others acting on his behalf… And it’s just not that easy – because Kelly’s in jail.”

He said Kelly was not likely to get of jail until Monday or Tuesday.

R. Kelly’s Bail Set At $1million

Having surrendered to the Chicago police on Friday, February 22, 2019, R Kelly has been told that he can bail himself with $1 million.

The singer has been at the center of a scandal involving sexual activities with minors for many years. Two days ago, it developed into getting slammed with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse on underage girls.


According to the BBC News, though bail has been set for the high amount, R Kelly only has to pay $100,000 to secure his freedom. A judge has reportedly asked the singer to desist from interacting with anyone who is not 18 years old and he must also release his passport for the time-being.

It has been a tough campaign for Steve Greenberg, the attorney defending the 52-year-old musician. At a press briefing a day after R Kelly was arrested, it was quite an ordeal for the lawyer as he tried to discredit lies about his client.

A report by Complex on Sunday, February 24, captured Greenberg having an intense argument with a reporter who tried to defend one of Kelly’s alleged victim. The attorney felt the accuser has directed false accusation at his client who “doesn’t have to have nonconsensual sex.”

R Kelly is expected to appear in court on Friday, March 8, 2019, following the charges files against him.

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