R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to twenty-one counts of child
pornography in a Chicago court yesterday.
The singer, whose real name is Robert Kelly, was indicted by a
grand jury on June 5th. The charges stem from a videotape that
authorities claim shows Kelly engaged in sex with an underage
Kelly has denied he is the man on the tape, and his attorney,
Edward Genson, has said that the other person on the tape was of
age at the time the video was made.
Meanwhile, Kelly is free on $75,000 bond and has addressed the
charges in a new song, “Heaven, I Need a Hug.” The song, which is
slated for Kelly’s next album, Loveland, accuses fans of
rushing to judgement in the case. “You smile in my face and tell me
you love me/But then before you know the truth you’re so quick to
judge me,” Kelly sings. The song premiered last week on Chicago
radio station WGCI FM.
If convicted, Kelly could be sentenced to fifteen years in
prison and fined $100,000 dollars.