The hits keep on coming for R Kelly.
Hennepin County District Attorney Mike Freeman announced on Monday that the singer was being charged with two counts of sexual misconduct involving a minor under the age of 18 for a 2001 incident in Minnesota.
Freeman said that after investigating a tip that came from Chicago, his office discovered that Kelly allegedly paid a teenager who asked for his autograph $200 to get naked and then asked to perform acts of rape on her in his Minneapolis hotel.
The victim claims that there was ‘naked dancing’ and ‘sexual touching’ between the two, but no intercourse.
Kelly’s lawyer responded to this new charge by stating: ‘Give me a break. This is absurd.’
His client meanwhile is still behind bars at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.
Freeman admitted on Monday that the case would be a difficult one to prosecute since the evidence was 20 years old.
The teenager allegedly asked Kelly for an autograph prior to the alleged incident, at which point he also provided her with a number.
Once she called that number, she was asked to visit Kelly in his hotel room.
When she arrived, the singer offered her the $200 to take off his clothing and then engage in sexual activity.
Statutory rape laws in Minnesota clearly state that no authority figure may engage in sexual activity with anyone under the age of 18, a description that would apply to Kelly.
He was more than four years older than the victim, and based on her claim that she asked the singer his autograph was clearly in a position of authority.
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Source: Daily Mail