A Chicago court has set bail at one million dollars for R.Kelly who is charged in connection with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of four victims, at least three between the ages of 13 and 17.
Cook County Judge John Lyke called the allegations "disturbing" during the hearing where Kelly appeared in a black hooded sweatshirt and listened, head down, as prosecutors outlined the case against him.
At the bond hearing, prosecutors said they had DNA evidence taken from one victim that matched Kelly's.
Semen taken from the shirt of a second victim, who was under age 17, was a preliminary match, they added.
In setting bail, Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. ordered Kelly to not have contact with anyone under 18 years old, and to not have contact with any of the alleged victims or witnesses.
The singer was required to relinquish his passport.
Although his bail was set at $1 million, Kelly needs to put up only one-tenth that amount, or $100,000, to be let out of jail.
The Grammy-winning R&B singer R.Kelly, has faced allegations that he abused women and underage girls for years.
The 52-year-old, whose real name is Robert Kelly, was charged with a 10-count indictment yesterday, nearly two months after the Lifetime television network aired a six-hour documentary series "Surviving R. Kelly" in which multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct and abuse.
Kelly surrendered to Chicago police last night.
His lawyer Steven Greenberg told reporters: "I suspect this is succumbing to public pressure. I think they shouldn’t have rushed to judgment. He’s an innocent man."
At a brief news conference on Friday, the Cook County state's attorney, Kimberly Foxx, said three of the four victims were under age 17 at the time of the abuse, which dated back as far as 1998.
She did not comment on the details of the charges, which each carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
Kelly, best known for his hit single "I Believe I Can Fly," has for years denied accusations of abuse.
More than a decade ago, Kelly was acquitted of child pornography charges in Chicago.
The television documentary called Surviving R. Kelly touched off a new furor when it debuted in January, prompting his record label, Sony Music-owned RCA, to end its relationship with the performer.
"We are proud that Lifetime was able to provide a platform for survivors to be heard," Lifetime said in a statement.
It was not clear if any of the alleged victims, who were not named in the indictment, were the same as those in the documentary.
Kelly, a three-time Grammy winner whose hits also include Bump N' Grind and Your Body's Callin, grew up in a Chicago public housing project where, according to his autobiography, he was sexually abused beginning at age 8.