R Kelly pleads not guilty over sex allegations involving new accuser
R Kelly has pleaded not guilty over sex abuse allegations involving a new accuser.
The RnB singer denied a 13-count indictment that was unsealed, or made public, in February, which includes multiple counts of child pornography.
While the charges against the 53-year-old are largely the same as the initial indictment, the reworked document also includes a reference to a new accuser, referred to as Minor 6.
Kelly appeared at federal court in Chicago and his lawyer entered the plea on his behalf.
Prosecutor Angel Krull said more than 100 electronic devices, including hard drives, had recently been seized.
Judge Harry Leinenweber also pushed Kelly’s 27 April trial date back to 13 October.
Kelly, who has denied all allegations of abuse, faces several dozen counts of state and federal sexual misconduct charges in Illinois, Minnesota and New York, from sexual assault to heading a racketeering scheme aimed at supplying the star with girls.
He was jailed in July and has been awaiting trial at a Chicago federal jail near to the courthouse, where he attends pre-trial hearings. He has participated in hearings in his New York case by video.
The federal charges in Chicago accuse Kelly of filming himself having sex with underage girls and of paying off potential witnesses during a trial in 2008 – at which he was acquitted – to get them to change their stories.