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Singer R Kelly, charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse, pleads not guilty

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Singer R Kelly, charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse, pleads not guilty
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The American singer R. Kelly, criminally charged in Illinois on Friday with multiple counts of sexual abuse, entered a not guilty plea via his attorney at a hearing in Chicago on Monday.

The singer, whose real name is Robert Kelly, was charged in Cook County, Illinois, with 10 charges of aggravated sexual abuse in four different cases.

Cook County State's Attorney Kimberly Foxx said that the singer is facing between three and seven years in prison for each of the counts.

At least three of the four victims whom he allegedly abused between 1998 and 2010 were under 17 at the time, Foxx said. The age of the fourth has not been disclosed.

The television documentary series "Surviving R. Kelly", released last month, focused on allegations of sexual misconduct against the performer made by multiple women.

The 52-year-old singer and record producer, known for his song "I believe I can fly", has denied accusations of abuse for years, including those from the documentary series.

The record label Sony Music-owned RCA split with R Kelly last month.