Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn on Thursday, December 5 uncovered a new felonious charge against singer R. Kelly, citing him of scheming to bribe an official as a component of a strategy to enlist minor girls for physical intimation.
The 52-year-old R&B singer, recognized for smashes such as “Bump N’ Grind” and “I Believe I Can Fly,” was detained in Chicago in July on different sets of charges carried by federal prosecutors in Chicago and Brooklyn. He has represented not guilty to those charges.
The fresh charge came in a statement unsealed in the Brooklyn case. Prosecutors asserted that in 1994, Kelly made another person to propose a bribe to an official to produce a fake identification certificate for a person classified by the alias “Jane Doe #1.”
The statement did not state whether the bribe was really given or the document generated. It also did not blame Kelly of physically abusing Jane Doe #1.
The advocate for Kelly could not directly be reached for commentary.
The singer is programmed to go to trial in Brooklyn in May 2020. He has been detained in Illinois after his arrest.
Kelly had rejected abuse accusations for decades before the newest charges. In 2008, he was tried on child obscenity charges and pronounced not guilty.
The Brooklyn prosecutors have accused Kelly with racketeering, blaming him and his followers of inviting ladies and girls backstage after performances, keeping them from associates and family and securing them reliant on him financially.
The Chicago prosecutors declared Kelly had physical contact with five minors girls and filmed explicit videotapes of some of them. They also cited Kelly of hindering justice by using intimidations and bribes, including amounts of hundreds of thousands of dollars, to hold his victims still.
A trial in Chicago has been programmed for April 27, 2020.
In extension to the two federal cases, Kelly is challenging charges from state prosecutors in Illinois and Minnesota. He has appealed not guilty to those charges also.