R. Kelly charged with prostitution involving a minor in Minnesota

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Kelly leaves the Leighton Criminal Courts Building following a hearing on June 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.

Singer R. Kelly, jailed in NY last month after he was charged in Brooklyn and Chicago with numerous sexual misconduct felonies, was charged on Monday in Minnesota with soliciting sex from a minor at a Minneapolis hotel room 18 years ago.

According to prosecutors, the alleged incident went down on July 11, 2001 in Minneapolis. and they say the alleged victim was between the ages of 16 and 17. He gave her his phone number and, after calling Kelly, she was invited to his hotel suite.

As she danced over him in his bed, Kelly allegedly touched her genitals and breasts, the attorney said.

Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman said the charges stem from an encounter Kelly, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, had with a minor fan who asked for his autograph. She is instead a child victim of Mr. Kelly.

The charges are felonies.

After an investigation conducted by Minneapolis police, Freeman said, Hennepin County had a duty to prosecute the singer as well.

"While there are more numerous charges in the IL and federal cases, we wanted to make sure that our victim here in Minneapolis also receives a measure of justice", he said in a statement. "I don't like buying sex from minors, and I don't think most other people do either".

Kelly, who is now in custody in NY - where he pled not guilty to sex trafficking charges last week - has not publicly responded to the new charges, although his attorney Steve Greenberg has spoken out against them online. He did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.

Kelly, who is also the target of multiple lawsuits by alleged victims, has pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges against him. She called a law enforcement hotline with her account in January.

"As this new case demonstrates, it is not too late for there to be justice for even more victims of R. Kelly", Ms. Allred said in a statement.

Freeman acknowledged that it might be hard to prosecute an alleged incident that occurred almost 20 years ago - and that Kelly is already in federal custody and fighting charges in both IL and NY, as well as in Cook County, Ill. He is accused of using his fame to recruit young women and girls into illegal sexual activity.

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