R. Kelly asks media to “take it easy on me” ahead of club appearance

The singer reportedly took selfies with fans at a club in Springfield, Illinois last night (April 6)

R. Kelly asked the media to “take it easy on” him ahead of a paid appearance at an Illinois club last night (April 6).

The singer is currently on bail after being charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse in February. He pled not guilty to the charges and was released after posting his $100,000 (£78,000) bail.

Kelly posted a video to his official Twitter page yesterday in which he said: “Yo, this your boy Kells. I’ve got an event to do tonight in Springfield, Illinois so I want the media to take it easy on me, man. This is how I gotta get paid for right now. So I gotta go do this event and it’s a party, so when you see me in the club, couple drinks in my hand and chilling, please, take it easy. Appreciate it, y’all. Thanks.”

According to TMZ, Kelly spent his time at Dirty South Lounge hugging fans and taking selfies with them. It has not been disclosed how much he was paid to appear at the club.

Last month, the star’s former hairdresser publicly accused him of sexual abuse for the first time, claiming she had his DNA on her shirt as proof.

Lanita Carter is one of the latest women to accuse Kelly of sexual abuse and claimed he had assaulted her 15 years ago, when she was 24 years old.

Claims of sexual misconduct by Kelly resurfaced after the release of the recent Surviving R Kelly documentary series. He has consistently denied any wrongdoing.