R. Kelly Pleads Not Guilty to New York Sex Crime Charges; Bail Denied
Welp, R. Kelly is back at square one following his hard attempt to get released from jail while his case is pending.
On Friday, Kelly pleaded not guilty to charges he sexually exploited young women and girls who attended his concerts while appearing in a federal courtroom in Brooklyn packed with his supporters. However, for a second time, he was denied bail, according to the Associated Press.
Now, earlier this week, R. Kelly’s attorney filed a letter with the court referring to the singer’s alleged victims as “disgruntled groupies.” Kelly’s attorney also pointed out that the singer’s two live-in girlfriends have remained by his side and are not prisoners, as many claimed. Despite that, clearly the letter did nothing because other attorneys for the prosecution argued that Kelly was a flight risk and a serious danger of obstruction of justice.
Magistrate Judge Steven Tiscione was the one who denied the singer bail, finding that he’d be unable to comply with conditions of his release.
“The defendant is accused of a multitude of crimes. They’re not minor charges,” said the judge. “I’m extremely troubled by the issues of potential obstruction in prior cases.”
If Kelly is convicted, he faces decades in prison.
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