The Latest: R&B singer R. Kelly is freed on bail in Chicago

Chicago PD photo of R. Kelly, singer, songwriter, record producer, and former professional basketball player, Photo Date: 2/22/2019 / Photo: Chicago PD / (MGN)
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CHICAGO (AP) -- R&B singer R. Kelly has been released from jail in Chicago, three days after being booked on charges alleging that he sexually abused four women, including three who were minors at the time.

Kelly's release Monday came hours after his lawyer pleaded not guilty on his behalf to all 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse that the singer faces.

Kelly walked by a large media contingent without speaking and was ushered into a black vehicle that was waiting. The vehicle then drove off.

The 52-year-old Grammy-award winner has denied wrongdoing and his lawyer has said he's confident that Kelly will be vindicated.

Kelly was tried and acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008.
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4:20 p.m.

Authorities say R. Kelly has posted bail and will be released from a Chicago jail within the hour.

Cook County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari said Monday that Kelly posted his $100,000 bail after spending the weekend in jail.
The R&B singer's bail amount was 10 percent of the $1 million bond set by a judge Saturday.

During a hearing earlier Monday, Kelly's lawyer pleaded not guilty on his behalf to all 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse that he faces. Prosecutors allege that he sexually abused four women, including three who were minors at the time.

Kelly denies wrongdoing.
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2:30 p.m.

A woman who says R. Kelly sexually abused her beginning when she was 17 years old blasted statements by the R&B singer's attorney that Kelly's accusers are lying.

Lizette Martinez, who was featured in the documentary "Surviving R. Kelly," said at a news conference Monday in Los Angeles that Kelly is a "predator" who "must be held accountable for the lives he's ruined."

Martinez said it is "irresponsible" for Kelly's lawyer, Steve Greenberg, to call Kelly's accusers liars. She said the only person lying is Kelly and that he has done so "for more than 20 years."

During a hearing earlier Monday in Chicago, Greenberg pleaded not guilty on Kelly's behalf to 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four women, including three who prosecutors allege were underage when the abuse occurred.
Kelly, who was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008, has denied wrongdoing.
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1:50 a.m.

Attorney Gloria Allred is pushing back against R. Kelly's lawyer's assertion that the women who have accused the R&B singer of sexually abusing them are lying.

Allred said at a news conference Monday in Los Angeles that she represents more than six women who say they were abused by Kelly.

One of them, Lizette Martinez, said at the news conference that she met Kelly at a shopping mall when she was 17 years old and that he abused her from 1995 until 1999.

Allred also said Kelly's accusers have been subjected to abuse by the singer's fans.

During a hearing earlier Monday in Chicago, Kelly's lawyer pleaded not guilty on his behalf to 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four women, including three who prosecutors allege were underage when the abuse occurred.

Kelly, who was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008, has denied wrongdoing.
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