R. Kelly Denied Bail On Sex Trafficking Charges | Music News
R. Kelly was due to appear in a Chicago court on Tuesday for a bail hearing over charges that he ran a racketeering scheme trafficking women and girls for sex.
Two of the women who say they’ve been living in a consensual relationship with Kelly were also expected to attend the hearing.
In a video posted by TMZ on Monday, Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary expressed their support for the singer.
“We are just so thankful for everything that you guys are saying and doing and trying to do to help him”, they said in the video.
Prosecutors did not want him to make bail and felt he should remain in federal custody after being deemed a flight risk, and the judge agreed with them by denying R. Kelly any bail.
The disgraced rapper is accused of covering up the crimes by threatening and paying his victims to remain silent.
He is already awaiting trial for over 20 other alleged sex crimes, all of which he denies.
Last week two federal indictments were filed against him in Chicago and Brooklyn.
The allegations depict an organised effort from the star and his associates to find young girls and transport them over state lines for illegal sexual purposes.
He also faces charges of producing child pornography and conspiracy to obstruct justice by destroying evidence and bribing witnesses.
Kelly’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, said his client was “aware of the investigations and the charges were not a surprise” as they stemmed mostly from “decades-old” conduct and were part of previous allegations of which Kelly was acquitted.
He added that the R&B singer would “look forward to his day in court, to the truth coming out and to his vindication from what has been an unprecedented assault by others for their own personal gain”.
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