The custodians are the latest legal problem for R Kelly, who remains jailed in New York.
Minnesota authorities exciting the singer R Kelly on Monday with two counts of prostitution and solicitation involving a girl under 18 in 2001.
The Hennepin county attorney, Mike Freeman, said Kelly, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is blamed of soliciting the girl after meeting her at a concert in Minneapolis. Kelly was not performing at the time, but was doing marketing work.
Freeman said the girl was trying to get an autograph from Kelly, and that the R&B performer gave her his signature and a phone number. When the girl called the number, she was invited to Kelly’s hotel. There she was offered $200 to take off her clothes and dance, Freeman said. He said Kelly took his clothes off and they danced together.
The charges are offenses. Freeman said his office inspected after getting a tip from a Chicago tip line.
Freeman added, “We felt we had more than enough to charge based on her testimony and corroboration from her brother”. “I don’t like buying sex from minors, and I don’t think most other people do either.”
Kelly’s advocate Steve Greenberg tweeted: “Give me a break. This is beyond absurd.”
Re: New charges @RKelly give me a break. This is beyond absurd
— Steve Greenberg (@SGcrimlaw) August 5, 2019
Freeman did not provide a name for the apparent victim in Minneapolis.
Gloria Allred, the attorney for several of Kelly’s opponents, said she also represents the newest woman to come forward. She praised the woman for the courage she displayed in speaking to law enforcement.
Allred said in a statement, “As this new case demonstrates, it is not too late for there to be justice for even more victims of R Kelly”
A criminal protest was not instantly available. Freeman accused a problem with the state court filing system.
The charges are the latest legal problem for Kelly, who remains jailed in New York after begging not guilty last week in federal court to charges that he sexually ill-treated women and girls who attended his concerts there. He is accused of using his fame to employee young women and girls into prohibited sexual activity.
Kelly, 52, is also charged separately in Chicago with involving in child sexual exploitation images.