R. Kelly Faces 2 New Charges in Minnesota in 2001 Allegation

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Minnesota authorities charged singer R. Kelly on Monday with two counts of prostitution and solicitation involving a girl under 18 in 2001.

Kelly's attorney, Steve Greenberg, tweeted: "Give me a break". Kelly, meanwhile, has essentially been silenced publicly since his trainwreck of denial, anger, and narcissism with CBS News' Gayle King. After settling on the amount, she agreed. He said Kelly took his clothes off and they danced together.

He gave the victim VIP tickets to his concert, the complaint says. Prosecutors say "sexual contact" occurred during this encounter.

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".

When he handed her the autograph, she was also given a phone number, which turned out to be the number for a hotel room. The singer is being accused of paying an underage girl to come to his hotel room and perform sex acts on him. He pleaded not guilty to those charges Friday in federal court in NY and was denied bail, the Associated Press reported.

"We felt we had more than enough to charge based on her testimony and corroboration from her brother", Freeman said.

Doug Anton, one of Kelly's attorneys, responded to the latest charges. Accusers were encouraged to come forward.

State charges out of IL accuse Kelly of sexual assault, and he faces multiple lawsuits from alleged victims.

On Friday, he pleaded not guilty in NY on several counts of racketeering, kidnapping, forced labor and sexual exploitation of a child. He is accused of using his fame to recruit young women and girls into illegal sexual activity. It outlines allegations by five unnamed victims.

That indictment also alleges that he knowingly exposed at least one person to a sexually transmitted disease without disclosing it.

County attorney Mike Freeman told journalists the charges are related to an incident dating to July 11, 2001, when a victim under 18 years old was attempting to obtain an autograph from Kelly, known for hits such as "I Believe I Can Fly".

He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. He is due to appear again in court in Chicago in early September.

Last month in Chicago, the Ignition artist had 18 counts of serious sexual misconduct made against him.

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