R. Kelly Freed on Bail in Porn Case
Grammy-winning R&B star R. Kelly ("I Believe I Can Fly"), indicted and jailed Wednesday in Chicago on 21 counts of child pornography, was released Thursday after posting a $750,000 bond. Circuit Judge Karla Wright also ordered him to have no contact with minors unrelated to him, reports the Associated Press. Kelly, 35, was arrested on Wednesday at the central Florida home he and his family have rented for several months because of a videotape he allegedly made with an underage girl. If convicted, the musician, who is also embroiled in a few lawsuits in which he is accused of having sex with underage girls, could face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a $100,000 fine, AP reports. He has denied the charges, stating that he is not the man in the video (which reportedly has had brisk sales on street corners around the country and on the Internet). Kelly's attorney Ed Genson told the news service that his client was heading home but would return to Chicago "as soon as he gets his composure, as soon as he sees his wife and kisses his babies, as soon as he puts on a new set of clothes and is able to get a few hours' sleep." At Thursday's hearing, Kelly only spoke when the judge asked if he understood the condition of his release. "Yes, ma'am," he replied. In response to the charges pending against Kelly, reports the Associated Press, WGCI-FM, a Chicago radio station with a predominately African-American audience, announced plans to continue playing Kelly's music, despite the urging by one community activist for an advertiser boycott of the station until it removed his music. Kelly is married to a former dancer from his touring group. He was married briefly to singer Aaliyah in the mid-'90s; she was 15 at the time but lied about her age to get the marriage license, and that union was annulled. Aaliyah died in a plane crash last August.
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