Singer R. Kelly pleads not guilty to new sex charges levelled against him

American singer, R. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to 11 new felony sex crime charges levelled against him.

The charges were a refiling of one of the four cases of alleged abuse that prosecutors lodged against the singer earlier this year.  A grand jury last week increased the felony counts against the 52-year-old and upgraded some of the charges.

He now faces five felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault. If convicted of the most serious charges, Kelly would face mandatory sentences of six to 30 years in prison on each count. 

R. Kelly, through his lawyer, pleaded not guilty during a short arraignment hearing. The next court date was set for June 26. The singer’s attorney Steve Greenberg dismissed the new charges as a rehashing of old allegations.  “It’s the same case. It’s just they changed what they charged him with,” Greenberg told reporters at the courthouse, while again attacking Kelly’s accusers, saying “they aren’t victims.”

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