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R Kelly Freed on Bail

R Kelly has pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually abused four people – including three underage girls – following allegations dating back to 1998.

The R&B star, who was arrested on Friday and is facing 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse, has now been freed on bail, allowing him to leave prison while awaiting trial.

The Ignition (Remix) singer, 52, appeared in court wearing an orange prison jumpsuit after spending the weekend in a Chicago prison, which holds 7,000 inmates.

Bail for Kelly – whose full name is Robert Kelly – was set at $1m (£762,000) on Saturday and the Grammy Award winner was required to pay 10% of that – $100,000 (£76,000) – to be released.

Conditions for his release include no contact with females below the age of 18.

While arguing for a bail amount within the singer’s ability to pay, his lawyer Steve Greenberg said the World’s Greatest singer was not wealthy despite decades of success making hit songs.

The lawyer cited mismanagement and bad contracts among other issues for his financial troubles. sky

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