R. Kelly's Attorney Responds To New Allegations Of Teenage Boy Abuse

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R. Kelly's attorney has spoken out after it was revealed last week that the star could be facing additional charges -- some involving underage boys.

"This is nothing more than a veiled effort to pile on to further shape the public's perception in this case ignoring that Mr. Kelly is presumed innocent until proven otherwise," Tom Farinella said in a statement per CNN. "The defense will vigorously oppose their requests. As the trial nears, we are looking forward to the truth prevailing."

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In the new list of charges, prosecutors say Kelly allegedly sexually abused a 17-year-old boy in 2006. Federal New York prosecutors filed the request saying that the new charges are "inextricably intertwined with the evidence of the charged crimes."

They say Kelly met with the boy at a McDonald's in December 2006 and later invited him to his Chicago studio. Kelly then asked the boy what he would do to make it in the music business and allegedly propositioned him sexually and had a sexual encounter with him while he was still underage.