R. Kelly has been hit with sex crime charges in Minneapolis for allegedly paying an underage girl to strip and then groping her in the Minnesota city in 2001, state prosecutors announced Monday.
Kelly — who is already facing sex crime charges in Chicago and Brooklyn — met the 17-year-old girl in July of that year when she asked the singer for an autograph at a promotional event, and he gave her his phone number and told her to call him, Hennepin County State’s Attorney Mike Freeman alleged.
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.
As she danced over him in his bed, Kelly allegedly touched her genitals and breasts, the attorney said. They did not have intercourse, Freeman noted, and afterwards, she was put on the guest list for his 18+ concert that night.
The woman contacted police in January to report the alleged incident.
Kelly was charged with two counts of prostitution with a person under 18, the attorney said.
In response to the charges, Kelly’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, tweeted: “Re: New charges @RKelly give me a break. This is beyond absurd.”
The embattled 52-year-old crooner, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is facing 18 counts in federal courts in Brooklyn and Chicago, including kidnapping and sending child pornography across state lines.
Kelly, who is also the target of multiple lawsuits by alleged victims, has pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges against him. He is being held in federal custody in Chicago.
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