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Feb222019

R. Kelly's attorney says "all the women are lying" after singer surrenders to Chicago police 

Scott Olson/Getty ImagesR. Kelly turned himself in to Chicago police late Friday night after being charged earlier in the day with 10 counts of felony criminal sexual abuse involving four alleged victims, according to the Cook County Prosecutor's Office.

Three of the four victims were younger than 17 at the time of the alleged incidents, according to prosecutors.

At a post-surrender press conference, Kelly's attorney Steve Greenberg dismissed the new charges and called the accusers liars.

Asked whether he thought all the women who accused the singer were making up their allegations, Greenberg said he does.

"I think all the women are lying, yes," he told reporters late Friday night. "This has become 'Hey -- I can say R. Kelly did something' -- boom...Everybody's trying to profit off R. Kelly. 'Hey, I met R. Kelly once, look, oh he looked me at the wrong way -- boom -- money!"

Greenberg went on to claim that Cook County, Illinois State Attorney Kim Foxx indicted the singer in response to public pressure.

"We were supposed to meet next week and have a discussion about what they had," he said. "I was going be allowed to address what they had.  Then they just decided to indict him today for whatever reason. I suspect this is succumbing to public pressure."

Asked about a videotape that attorney Michael Avenatti says he turned over to Foxx -- which purportedly shows Kelly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl -- Greenberg said he hadn't seen the tape. 

Avenatti says he is representing six clients in the R. Kelly matter.

Kelly, who is "shell shocked," according to his attorney, is scheduled to appear in bond court Saturday in Chicago, according to a CPD spokesman. 

The spokesman also tweeted that Kelly would be fingerprinted, photographed and processed Friday night and remain in Chicago police custody. Saturday morning, he'll take a prisoner transport to court, where custody will be transferred to the Sheriff of Cook County.

The R&B star, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, is also facing investigations from at least three different federal law enforcement agencies including at least one examining his alleged relationships with underage girls and whether they were trafficked, multiple law enforcement sources told ABC News.

The investigations, by the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations and the IRS, have opened in the six weeks since Lifetime aired Surviving R. Kelly, a docuseries about the decades’ worth of misconduct allegations against the singer.

Kelly’s attorney has previously said his client never intentionally had sex with an underage girl, nor mistreated anyone or held anyone against her will.

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