In February, Kelly pleaded not guilty to sex-related charges in Illinois involving four women. Three of the women were minors when the abuse is alleged to have occurred.

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The recent series of charges against Kelly followed the airing of a TV documentary, Surviving R. Kelly, on the network Lifetime. In the programme, seven women, including Kelly’s ex-wife Drea Kelly, accused the singer of emotional and sexual abuse.

Kelly has vigorously denied all of the allegations levelled against him.