The singer officially entered his plea this morning.
R. Kelly spent the weekend in jail after failing to pay in bond for release. He appeared in court again on Monday, February 25, for the second time in two days. The singer entered a not guilty plea to all charges in his criminal sexual abuse case via his lawyer, Steve Greenberg.
The R&B icon is facing 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse. His bond was set at $1 million, ten percent of which he is required to pay in order to secure his release. Until further notice, Kelly is set to travel back and forth between the Cook County jail and the courtroom since he has yet to hand in the full sum of $100,000 to legal authorities.
"This is someone who should be wealthy at this stage of his career," Kelly's attorney Steve Greenberg said, citing "bad deals" hangers-on" and "bad deals" as the source of his financial woes.
During the hearing, the judge also upheld a previous ruling that relieves Kelly from having to pay $161,663 in back child support prior to posting bond. This decision may help Kelly and his team's efforts to put together the cash required to post bail. Some of his female fans are reportedly raising funds to offer further assistance.