Following the news that three men connected to R. Kelly were arrested and charged with intimidating and bribing his alleged victims, the R&B singer is facing even more legal trouble for allegedly concealing $1.2 million.
Last year, Kelly claimed he was broke and unable to finance his legal troubles, instead relying on a fan-started GoFundMe page for bail-out purposes. However, it has been revealed that the disgraced singer has been accused of hiding a secret bank account from federal authorities with over a million dollars in it.
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According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Kelly opened the bank account back in March of 2019 — about three months prior to his arrest — under a business call SomeBrotherLuv LLC and assigned the funds from his royalties to go to that account. At least $1.2 million was deposited into the account in 2019.
The account managed to go undetected because it was reportedly opened under someone else's name. Prosecutors stumbled upon bank records after they subpoenaed the bank records of one of his attorneys representing him in Brooklyn, who
accused the feds of going on a “fishing expedition.”
Their suspicions were corroborated after they obtained records of the 52-year-old’s calls from jail wherein he was recorded instructing people to contact that person “to receive payments indirectly,” the Sun-Times reports, though it was reportedly only used to hold royalties he receives from his music.
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R. Kelly is currently being held at Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center without bail as he awaits trial. He is facing several sex crime charges, including child pornography, racketeering, and sex trafficking, across New York, Minnesota and Chicago. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges. He is expected to go to trial on September 29.
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