R. Kelly will likely not be seeing the light of day anytime soon as a Minnesota prosecutor has charged the disgraced star with prostitution and solicitation charges.
The charges stem from 2001 allegation that he invited a 17-year-old girl to his hotel and paid her $200 to dance naked with him.
According to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, Kelly is accused of soliciting the girl after meeting her before a concert in Minneapolis.
Freeman said the girl was trying to get an autograph from Kelly at a concert before he gave her his signature and a phone number. The girl said that when she called the number, she was invited to Kelly's hotel.
There she was offered $200 to take off her clothes and dance, Freeman said. He said Kelly took his clothes off and they danced together.
"According to Victim, the defendant was rubbing her body" and fondling himself, according to the complaint. "Victim stated that the defendant touched all over her body." The victim also stated that no intercourse took place.
"It is despicable that Mr. Kelly used his fame in order to prey on underaged girls," Hennepin County State's Attorney Mike Freeman said during a press conference on Monday.
"While there are more numerous charges in the Illinois and federal cases, we wanted to make sure that our victim here in Minneapolis also receives a measure of justice. We fully expect that at some future date, Mr. Kelly will have to account for his actions in Hennepin County."
He continued: "Some might say, 'Aren't you piling on [against Kelly], he's got federal charges in New York, state charges in Cook County [Illinois] and elsewhere. Frankly, Minnesota victims deserve their day in court, and that's why we're here. In my view, too many prosecutors are ignoring victims. This one doesn't."
Adding, "It doesn't disturb me whatsoever that it may not go to trial, as long as he spends time for the crimes he's committed elsewhere. I can't make sure of that unless I am at the table. By charging this case, we are at the table."