The criminal complaint stated that the woman contacted police in January (when the anti-Kelly film series, “Surviving R. Kelly,” aired on Lifetime) to report an incident that occurred the day of Kelly’s concert on July 11, 2001. She was 17 at the time.
The three years statute of limitations for such cases in Minnesota only applied if Mr. Kelly remained in the state, which he did not, according to Freeman.
Steve Greenberg, R. Kelly’s lead defense attorney, tweeted: “Give me a break. This is beyond absurd.”
The crusading attorney who represents multiple Kelly accusers, Gloria Allred, said she represents this newest accuser of Kelly, whom she did not identify. However, she sought to clarify that her client is not a prostitute despite the language of the charges against Kelly.
Allred said in a statement, “I would like to emphasize that my client is not a prostitute. She is instead a child victim of Mr. Kelly, my understanding from law enforcement in that state is that the only available statute for which Mr. Kelly can be charged is the prostitution statute.”
She then urged Minnesota to change its laws to “more properly reflect crimes” against children. Allred’s statement said, “in its present form, some victims may be fearful of coming forward because they don’t want to be classified as prostitutes, when nothing can be further from the truth.”