R&B singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to 11 additional sex-related charges on Thursday (June 6).

Among the new allegations are four instances of aggravated criminal sexual assault, which carry a sentence of up to 30 years in prison, more than four times as long as the maximum term for each of the 10 counts Kelly was originally charged with in February.

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The Chicago native’s defense attorney, Steve Greenberg, said after the hearing that he couldn’t speculate as to why prosecutors brought the new charges, which pertain to one of the four women he was charged with sexually abusing years ago – three of whom were minors when the alleged misconduct occurred. “It’s the same case. It’s just that they’ve just changed what they’ve charged him with,” Greenberg said. “It’s the same facts… the same bond, the same evidence. We expect the same result.”

When asked about how Kelly is coping, Greenberg stated, “It’s tough. Everything is against him.” The singer’s spokesman, Darryll Johnson, told reporters that he is “upbeat.” The whole situation is still unfolding, but fans and those tuning in should know more after the June 26th hearing.

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