R. Kelly posted $750,000 bail Thursday afternoon and has been released after spending the night in a Florida jail, according to a clerk at the Polk County courthouse. Kelly was arrested Wednesday on 21 counts of child pornography.
Under the terms of his agreement with the court, Kelly cannot have any contact with minors other than his own children or other blood relatives, cannot leave Florida without the accompaniment of his attorney, and he must call the Florida pretrial office weekly until he returns to Chicago, according to Kim Garrett, a spokesperson for the Polk County sheriff's office. The singer is expected to return to Cook County, Illinois on Friday to be booked.
On Wednesday the Cook County state attorney's office handed down an indictment against Kelly that specifies seven prosecutable acts under Illinois child pornography laws, involving intercourse, oral sex, urination, masturbation, exhibition, fondling and other sexual contact (see "R. Kelly Arrested On 21 Counts Of Child Pornography"). For each of these acts Kelly is charged with videotaping them, performing them in the videotape and enticing a minor to participate in them. All charges relate to one girl born in September 1984.
A warrant was immediately issued for his arrest. The multiplatinum performer had planned on turning himself in to Chicago police Thursday, according to his spokesperson.
Garrett said she was unaware of any deal that Kelly struck with Chicago authorities and added that Chicago police contacted the Polk County sheriff's office and asked for assistance in apprehending the crooner. Kelly was arrested around 5:16 p.m. Wednesday.
For a feature interview with R. Kelly discussing the accusations against him, see "R. Kelly: In His Own Words."
For full coverage of the R. Kelly sex tape scandal, see The R. Kelly Reports.
[This story was updated at 6:55 P.M. EST on 06.06.02.]