County Attorney Mike Freeman announced the charges at a press conference Monday afternoon (August 5) following an investigation into a criminal complaint filed by an alleged victim of Kelly’s who was moved to come forward after hearing other victims' testimonies.
Freeman stated that federal prosecutors are looking at bringing two counts of soliciting and engaging in prostitution with a minor according to the Associated Press.
The latest charges stem from an alleged incident that happened in July 2001 when the alleged victim was 17 years old. According to prosecutors, she said that she reportedly approached Kelly to get his autograph at one of his promotional appearances ahead of Kelly's Minneapolis concert where he gave her a number to reach him at. When the girl called the number, Kelly invited her to come to his hotel.
Once there, Kelly allegedly offered her $200 to take off her clothes and dance for him, according to Freeman. Allegedly, Kelly then stripped down himself and the two danced together followed by him initiating sexual contact, although there was no sexual intercourse. Afterwards, he gave her VIP tickets to his Minneapolis concert, where they met again following the concert.
Kelly and the victim reportedly discussed meeting up again in Chicago, but Kelly’s phone number was disconnected, according to CNN. The allegations were corroborated by the victim’s brother, who saw her at the concert.
Although the incident happened nearly two decades ago, Freeman said the three-year statute of limitations will not hold up in court as Kelly left the state following the incident. Although, he elaborated, it is not clear when Kelly will be brought before a Minnesota judge due to his other cases. Kelly is currently contesting multiple sex-related crimes in separate open cases in New York and Chicago.
But if R. Kelly is found guilty, each charge is punishable by up to five years in prison.
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