Prosecutors in Minnesota have charged singer R. Kelly with prostitution and soliciting a teenager who asked him for an autograph in 2001.
The American singer R. Kelly has been charged for an incident that took place in 2001 where the R&B singer met a girl at a promotional event before the performance. She allegedly asked for his autograph and he gave her his number and asked her to call him.
According to county attorney Mike Freeman, Kelly invited the 17-year-old to his hotel room and offered her $200 (£164) to undress and dance with him.
After this incident the girl was given a front-row VIP seat to one of Kelly’s performances and when her brother asked how she got the tickets she revealed what happened.
Mike Freeman said, “This kind of conduct, particularly juveniles, is simply unacceptable in the state of Minnesota and frankly everywhere. She was a juvenile at the time. We have special laws to protect our juveniles, and we are going to enforce them.”
Kelly’s lawyer Steve Greenberg said the charges were “beyond absurd”. His colleague Doug Anton said it was not clear that R. Kelly had ever met his alleged victim and that the charges might be a case of “revisionist history”.
The R&B singer previously faced trial on child pornography charges in 2008, but was acquitted when his alleged victim and her parents refused to testify.