Judge Orders R. Kelly Held in Jail Without Bond

R. Kelly will not get bond in federal sex crimes case

R. Kelly seen here in June was arrested on Friday

During Tuesday's court appearance, Judge Harry D. Leinenweber also decided that Kelly will remain in custody as he awaits trial in Chicago.

Kelly arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court building.

Kelly was in court on Friday answering to these charges which are based in Chicago and NY.

Mr Kelly, in an orange jumpsuit and shackled at the ankles, did not speak except to say "yes sir" when asked if he understood the charges. Two of his girlfriends, Azriel Clary and Jocelyn Savage, attended the court hearing Tuesday.

Last week, R. Kelly was arrested in Chicago on two separate federal grand jury indictments; one in IL and the other in NY. He is charged there with racketeering, kidnapping, forced labor and the sexual exploitation of a child.

Kelly's next hearing in Chicago has been scheduled for September 4.

Greenberg also noted the 52-year-old musician would make a "difficult prisoner" because of his notoriety, but the judge eventually sided with the prosecution, saying that the allegation of child pornography alone comes with a "presumption of detention".

This news arrives after prosecutors in the Eastern District of NY indicted R. Kelly for racketeering, kidnapping, forced labor and sexual exploitation of a child last week. She said the alleged victim in that video has since testified before a federal grand jury and confirmed it was her.

Two of Kelly's former business partners are charged with obstruction of justice alongside Kelly for allegedly helping destroy videos featuring Kelly and silencing witnesses.

"He can entice victims to his own home".

Kelly spent three days locked up in the county jail back in March 2019 for failing to pay some $160,000 in child support just days after his explosive interview with Gayle King. He pleaded not guilty to those charges and was released on bail.

But despite his not guilty plea, TMZ reports he will stay behind bars for the time being, after a judge denied his bond and sided with his prosecutors, who argued he shouldn't be allowed on the streets. The federal charges filed last week are separate from the IL case.

"Mr Kelly has done extensive obstruction of justice", Kroll said. He said the lack of recent allegations proves Kelly is not a danger and should be released.

"How could he flee?"

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