Ray J pleads not guilty to sexual battery

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London - Ray J has pleaded not guilty to groping a woman.

The 'I Hit It First' singer was charged with 10 misdemeanour offences after being arrested at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in May and entered a plea in Los Angeleson Tuesday to deny the charges, which also included resisting arrest and vandalism.

He must now return to court for a preliminary hearing on August 28.

After the charges were filed against him last month, it was claimed Ray was seen by multiple witnesses, both staff and patrons, grabbing a woman's chest, prompting a sexual battery charge.

Both the hotel lobby and bar are filled with surveillance cameras which cover every angle of both rooms, while another witness described the singer as "wacked out on something" when he entered the bar.

As well as sexual battery, the singer faces four charges of resisting arrest, three counts of assault and battery, and two counts of vandalism.

After being asked to leave the hotel due to his "rowdy" antics, Ray - who is best known for appearing in a sex tape with then-girlfriend Kim Kardashian - refused to go, so security made a citizen's arrest.

Law enforcement officers then arrived at the scene and the R&B star allegedly kicked out the back window of the police car and spat in an arresting officer's face as he was being handcuffed. - BANG Showbiz

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