R. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to 11 additional sex-related charges including four counts that carry a maximum of 30 years in prison. According to Billboard, among the 11 new counts, four are for aggravated criminal sexual assault, which carries a sentence of up to 30 years in prison — four times as long as the maximum term for each of the 10 counts Kelly was charged for back in February.
Prosecutors did not ask the judge to raise Kelly’s bond during the hearing. It was also noted that Kelly only said “Yes, sir,” when asked by the judge if he understood the new charges against him.
Kelly’s defense attorney said after the hearing that he could not speculate why prosecutors brought the new charges, which pertain to one of the four women he was charged with sexually abusing in February. Steve Greenberg said, “It’s the same case. It’s just that they’ve just changed what they’ve charged him with. It’s the same facts … the same bond, the same evidence. We expect the same result.”
According to Page Six, prosecutors have accused Kelly of using force or threatening the women to have sex with him or perform sexual acts on him. One of the singer’s accusers, Jerhonda Pace, who is identified as “JP” in court documents is one of the four women Kelly is charged with abusing.