R. Kelly pleads not guilty to 11 new sex assault charges

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CHICAGO — R&B singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty Thursday to 11 additional sex-related charges, including four counts that carry a maximum prison term of 30 years.

The new charges are in addition to 10 counts of sexual abuse prosecutors filed against Kelly in February.

Robert Kelly, 52, appeared in court Thursday for a hearing that lasted roughly 15 minutes.

Cook County Judge Lawrence Flood could’ve revoked or changed Kelly’s existing $1 million bond — but declined to do so. Kelly pleaded not guilty and went free pending trial. He told the judge he understands the new charges.

Defense attorney Steve Greenberg said Kelly maintains his innocence.

In February, the singer was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Prosecutors allege he abused one woman and three girls over the span of 12 years — including a 16-year-old he met at his 2008 child pornography trial. He was acquitted in that case. Each felony count carries a possible sentence of three to seven years; probation without prison time is also an option.

The 11 new charges pertain to one of those four women, an accuser known as J.P. Four of the charges are Class X, meaning Kelly faces six to 30 years in prison per count if convicted.

A status hearing is set for June 26.

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