R. Kelly is facing two new sex crime charges after he allegedly paid an underage girl to engage in sex acts while he was on tour in Minnesota.
TMZ reports that Kelly has been charged with engaging in prostitution with someone under 18 and hiring/offering/agreeing to hire someone for sexual contact, stemming from a 2001 incident in Minneapolis in which he allegedly invited a teenage fan to his hotel room and paid her $200 to strip and engage in sexual activity.
According to court documents obtained by TMZ, the accuser first met the singer at an event in a Minneapolis mall and later went to his hotel room, where he allegedly paid her $200 to perform a dance for him in the nude, during which he masturbated and touched her genitals.
Prosecutors told TMZ that Kelly and the accuser did not have sexual intercourse and that the she is believed to have been 16 or 17 years old at the time.
Kelly’s defense team has been critical of the news charges, with attorney Steve Greenberg reportedly tweeting, “give me a break. This is beyond absurd” in response.
“Frankly I don’t understand where the criminal activity exists in this matter,” another attorney, Douglas Antonson, told TMZ.
“But I believe this highlights what has now become the absurdity of the bulk of the charges against our client.”
Kelly is currently being held without bail in Chicago as he awaits trial for federal sex crime charges.
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