R. Kelly Charged With 2 Counts of Prostitution in Minnesota

R. Kelly Charged With 2 Counts of Prostitution in Minnesota

Minnesota authorities charged singer R. Kelly on Monday with two counts of prostitution and solicitation involving a girl under 18 in 2001.

The charges are the latest legal problem for Kelly, who remains jailed in NY after pleading not guilty last week in federal court to charges that he sexually abused women and girls who attended his concerts there.

Freeman says police investigated the allegation after the woman called a Chicago tip line in January, interviewing the woman and her brother. My hope is that in the future, the Minnesota legislature will review that law and consider changing it to more properly reflect crimes that are committed against children. Freeman said sexual contact occurred, though it was not intercourse. The charges come after two documentaries and a series of news articles about the accusations, as well as pleas from prosecutors who have urged new victims and witnesses to come forward.


When the teen called, she was directed to Kelly's hotel room, where he offered her $200 and told her to dance naked for him, the attorney alleged.

He was indicted by grand juries in IL and NY in July on charges of recruiting women for sex, persuading people to hide his sexual misconduct with teenagers, and buying back tapes that show him having sex with underage girls. He is now in federal custody pending trial.

According to reports, a press conference went down today and announced the alleged crime dates back to 2001. In my view, too many prosecutors are ignoring victims.


In answering questions that were inaudible on the livestream, Freeman said, "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".

The Minnesota complaint charges Kelly with two felony counts - for a jury to consider - engaging in prostitution with a minor and hiring a minor for purposes of sexual contact. In 2008, he was tried on child pornography charges and acquitted. He has pleaded not guilty.

He began facing renewed scrutiny earlier this year upon the release of the docu-series "Surviving R. Kelly", which nabbed an Emmy nomination for outstanding informational series or special.


Kelly's lawyer, Steve Greenberg, posted a message on Twitter saying, "Give me a break".

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