The charges were announced on Monday, by Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. The alleged incident took place in July 2001. The charges against R. Kelly are one count of engaging in prostitution with a person under 18 years of age and one count of hiring a person under 18 years of age for sexual purposes. There are more charges in other jurisdictions reportedly. The victim “was attempting to obtain an autograph at City Center in Minneapolis, which Kelly gave to her along with a phone number,” according to Freeman. When she called him, she was told to go to his hotel, where she was met by a member of his staff and “ushered up to a hotel suite.” R. Kelly then allegedly offered her to take her clothes off for $200 and dance for him. Freeman says she accepted the money, got naked and proceeded to dance. There was allegedly “sexual contact” during the incident. Freeman’s office investigated after getting a tip from a Chicago tip line. R. Kelly’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, tweeted, “Give me a break. This is beyond absurd.” R. Kelly is still locked up in New York after pleading not guilty last week in federal court to charges that he sexually abused women and girls who attended his concerts there.
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