R. Kelly Pleads Not Guilty to 11 New Sexual Assault Charges, Ex-Manager Indicted

June 7, 2019

R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to 11 new sexual assault charges in Chicago on Thursday. Entertainment Tonight reports these new charges are related to the sexual abuse of Jerhonda Pace, who was featured in the Surviving R. Kelly documentary series. In the doc, Pace claimed she was a minor when the assault allegedly took place in 2010. Among the charges are four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, which each carry a 30-year maximum prison term. Kelly's composite bond of $1 million stood during the hearing. At a press conference, Kelly's lawyer Steve Greeenberg said, "We pled not guilty to all of the charges because he's not guilty. If you didn't do it, then you didn't do it." According to Vulture, Kelly's ex-manager James Mason was also indicted on Thursday in Georgia, on one count of making a terroristic threat. The indictment came after Mason made death threats against the father of one of Kelly's girlfriends.