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R. Kelly arraignment hearing: Singer pleads not guilty to federal sex crime charges in New York court today

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the R&B artist R. Kelly to jail without bond, delivering a blow to the performer as he faces mounting legal trouble related to accusations of sexual misconduct with minors.

Defense attorney Doug Anton argued that Geddes' claims were simply allegations and that Kelly always appeared in court.

The New York indictment unsealed last month says Kelly, 52, would regularly issue wristbands to girls via his associates that granted them backstage access and face time with the musician known for hits like "I Believe I Can Fly".

It's been a hectic morning for anybody following the R. Kelly case.

Kelly, whose real name is Robert Kelly, was transported from a Chicago lockup to Teterboro Airport in New Jersey late Thursday afternoon for his scheduled appearances in Brooklyn federal court.

In mid-July, federal prosecutors in Chicago and NY levied two sets of federal charges - 18 counts in all - alleging that Kelly has abused women and girls for two decades, in a period that spans 1998 to 2018.

Kelly's lawyer, Steve Greenberg, tells us the singer will plead not guilty at the arraignment.

The New York case centers on allegations he exploited women and girls, including some recruited by his entourage at his concerts.

Kelly allegedly enforced numerous rules, not allowing the women and girls to leave their rooms to eat or go to the bathroom without his permission.

At that time, Geddes alleged, Kelly paid off and intimidated witnesses "such that they did not appear to testify".

The Chicago indictment also accused Kelly of using physical abuse, violence and blackmail to "prevent victims from providing evidence to law enforcement".

Kelly is also accused of filming the sexual activity including that with alleged underage victims, which constitutes child pornography.

Kelly's NY allegations are connected to multiple women including an unnamed fan and former radio station intern. The charges - a class 2 felony - span from 1998 to 2010.

A grand jury later indicted him in May on 11 additional charges pertaining to one of the four accusers, including aggravated criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual assault. A jury acquitted him of all charges when the case was tried in 2008.

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