R. Kelly alleged captive could be living at Trump Tower in Chicago

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R&B superstar R Kelly wasfreed from jail Monday after posting bail and pleading not guilty to 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse against four victims, three of them minors.

A judge set bond at a million dollars (£760,000), meaning Kelly had to post 10 per cent of that amount to be released.

The "Ignition" singer remained in custody, unable to post the $100,000 to make bail because he "really doesn't have any money at this point" due to "mismanagement" of his finances, Greenberg told reporters Saturday. Kelly was being held after turning himself in to face ten counts of aggravated sexual abuse.

R. Kelly's defense attorney, Steve Greenberg, speaks to reporters at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse after R. Kelly was ordered held on a $1 million bond, in Chicago on February 23, 2019. The artist was escorted to a black van by his lawyer Steve Greenberg, and did not answer any of the media's questions.

Kelly's $100,000 bail is catching major heat and her business is now in jeopardy.

On Monday morning, Kelly, wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, appeared in a Chicago courtroom before Associate Judge Lawrence Flood and spoke only to confirm his name.

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Love, who identified herself as a "friend" on Kelly's bond slip, met the singer on a Spirit of Chicago cruise on Lake Michigan in September, according to Russell.

So for now, Kelly will keep going back and forth between Cook County Jail and the courthouse. Now, it appears that attorney Michael Avenatti has additional evidence against the singer that he plans on turning over to prosecutors.

He also revealed he came to the decision by setting the bond at $250,000 for each of the four people who he has been charged with sexually abusing.

The jury in 2008 acquitted Kelly of child pornography charges that centered on a graphic video that prosecutors said showed him having sex with a girl as young as 13. It was the same location where he allegedly met a teenager who he got pregnant before arranging for an abortion, according to Jim DeRogatis, the Chicago journalist who has been reporting on Kelly's sex allegations for decades. His next court hearing is scheduled for March 22.

A wall of television cameras and reporters awaited Kelly outside a gate at the jail. "We have substantial evidence that R. Kelly and his enablers purposely hid this tape from prosecutors in connection with his 2008 trial and obscured justice by paying witnesses to assist them in an effort to destroy all copies of the tape prior to the trial", the lawyer shared on Twitter.

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