R Kelly has been denied bail after pleading not guilty to federal charges.
The embattled singer was reportedly denied bail after pleading not guilty on Friday morning to federal charges in New York and will be returned to Chicago. These charges were brought against Kelly by prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York. The New York Times reports that the American singer was denied bail in Brooklyn by the case’s presiding judge, Judge Steven L. Tiscione due to “the strong possibility of witness tampering” in his upcoming trial.
The year has been a trying one for Kelly who has faced criticism since the airing of the “Surviving R Kelly” documentary series. Over the years, the singer has been accused of molesting women and underaged girls but has never really been convicted. R Kelly was arrested on July 11 in Chicago while walking his dog. His attorneys stated that the singer and his lawyers had expected that to happen anytime, and had prepared for it before hand.
Kelly was arrested on federal charges of Child pornography and obstruction of Justice (to which he plead not guilty) and was then moved to New York. The department of Justice stated that Kelly is facing a five-count indictment in New York; one count of racketeering and four counts of violating the Mann Act. This prohibits sexual trafficking across state lines. If convicted in New York, R Kelly faces up to 80 years in prison.
Just like in his federal case in Illinois, Kelly’s 2 girlfriends — Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage — are there for moral support.
Both charges from federal prosecutors in Chicago and New York sum up to 18 counts, with Kelly being accused of abusing women and girls for two decades from 1998 to 2018. The singer is also facing 10 charges of aggravated sexual abuse in Cook County, Illinois.