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R. Kelly is in even more legal hot water, with officials in Minnesota announcing sex crime charges against the “Ignition” singer.

The 52-year-old performer is being charged with engaging in prostitution with a minor, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office said in a Monday news conference, according to multiple local reports.

{mosads}The alleged incident occurred in 2001, County Attorney Mike Freeman said. Freeman said Kelly — who’s being charged with two counts of prostitution and solicitation — solicited a minor after meeting her at a concert in Minneapolis.

“It is despicable that Mr. Kelly used his fame in order to prey on underaged girls,” Freeman said in a statement. “While there are more numerous charges in the Illinois and federal cases, we wanted to make sure that our victim here in Minneapolis also receives a measure of justice.

Kelly’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, called the accusations against his client “beyond absurd” in a tweet.

The announcement of legal action in Minnesota adds to a growing list of sexual misconduct and assault charges against Kelly, who was born Robert Kelly. Eleven felony sexual assault charges were filed last week in Chicago, and he also faces charges in New York.  

The R&B star pleaded not guilty in February to 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse in a case involving four victims.

Some of the charges that Kelly faces carry a potential sentence of up to 30 years in prison.

—Updated at 5:16 p.m.

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