R.Kelly Denied Bond, Will Remain In Jail
Not so good news for R.Kelly. On Tuesday (July 16th), the 52-year-old singer was denied bond and will remain in custody. Last week, he was arrested on a 13-count indictment that includes sex crimes and obstruction of justice. At the same time, federal prosecutors in New York indicted the singer in a separate case accusing him of coercing women and girls into sexual activities.
Kelly entered a plea of not guilty. His attorney Steve Greenberg said the singer was not a flight risk and should be allowed to post bail.
“The man is not a flight risk. The man never missed a court date in the 2000s when he was charged with a case. He hasn’t missed a court date on the state case that’s pending now. It’s the worst-kept secret that he was going to get charged federally, and he hasn’t fled. So he’s certainly not a flight risk. He’s not a danger to anybody at all.”
In Chicago, federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment charging him on 13 counts including child pornography, enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity and obstruction of justice. That particulat indictment accuses Kelly and former manager Derrel McDavid of conspiring to cover up videotapes Kelly allegedly made of himself sexually abusing children. Another Kelly employee, Milton “June” Brown, faces child pornography charges for allegedly helping ship videotapes of Kelly’s sexual crimes in the U.S. mail.
The indictment accuses Kelly of abusing five girls:
- A 12- or 13-year old girl in 1996 or 1997
- A 17-year-old girl in 1997
- A 15-year-old girl in 1996
- A 16-year-old girl in 1999
- A 13- or 14-year-old girl in 1997 or 1998.
Federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York filed a separate five-count indictment, charging Kelly with racketeering, transporting for prostitution and coercion or enticement to engage in criminal sexual activity.
After today’s hearing, Kelly’s attorney held a press conference.
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Kelly’s next hearing is scheduled for September 4.
Source: CBS Chicago