R Kelly has walked out of jail after paying a $100,000 bail. He was imprisoned for charges of sexual assault and his court hearing is still pending.
R Kelly spent a weekend behind bars waiting for his court hearing on Monday after surrendering to the Chicago, Illinois, police on Friday. The actor pleaded not guilty to 10 sex abuse charges from four victims, of which three were underage at the time when the alleged assault occurred.
The rapper returns to court on March 22 where his guilt will be judged by the court. If found guilty, the rapper will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Lisa VanAllen was one of his victims. She was among the women that gave statements for Surviving R Kelly and the main witness for the 2008 child pornography case in which the rapper was found guilty, wrote a New York Times op-ed saying she felt ‘vindicated’ at the rappers arrest.
She wrote, “In the wilderness of 2008, I spoke out to help myself and the young women on the tape. A decade later I spoke out in Surviving R Kelly to help anyone who has been affected by abuse. But neither when I was a broken teenager susceptible to a wily predator, nor when I was a young woman who found the courage to tell the truth to a jury, could I have known this season of vindication would come. Not for a struggling, black girl victim like me.”
She also recalled the ridicule she faced in 2008 at the trial. She had to testify against R Kelly for entering into an illegal relationship with her when she was just 17 years old. She also said she feared her safety then and now. She feared R Kelly would put henchmen on her for being so vocal about his misdemeanor. She wrote, “More than 10 years after I nervously faced Rob in court, I know one thing: This will not end the way it did before. It cannot.”
R Kelly continues to deny all the allegations against him.